Governor Ige Announces Hawaii Is Open For Business, Lifts Many Pandemic Restrictions
For Immediate Release: November 23, 2021
HTA Release (21-51)
Announcement Effectively Reopens Meetings, Conventions, Large Events
HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today joined Hawaii’s Mayors in announcing the lifting of many pandemic restrictions on December 1, signaling that Hawaii is once again open for business.
“These steps serve to revitalize our visitor industry at an appropriate time, with our state’s vaccination rate ranked among the highest in the nation, coupled with the health safeguards for domestic travelers that are required by Hawaii’s Safe Travels program. The modified federal restrictions on international arrivals and the continuation of Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate provide additional safeguards,” said HTA President & Chief Executive Officer John De Fries.
In addition to today’s announcement from the Governor, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced the lifting of capacity limits and social distancing requirements for events on Oahu, a key to resuming meetings and conventions at the Hawaii Convention Center and various resort properties.
“Capacity restrictions being lifted for events on Oahu is welcomed news for Hawaii’s meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI) market and the Hawaii Convention Center, as it will allow us to retain group bookings and secure new group business,” De Fries said. “The announcement gives meeting planners added confidence to book events and reassure attendees they will have a safe and memorable visit here in the Hawaiian Islands.”
“Today’s announcements are another welcomed sign of Hawaii’s recovery, allowing businesses to return to full capacity, resulting in a better experience for visitors and local residents alike,” De Fries said.