There’s a rainbow over Hawaii this afternoon. That as Governor Ige announced today that Hawaii will be the final state to drop its mask mandate. Yes, you heard us say, “drop.” That will now come on the same day that Hawaii ends its other Covid travel restrictions. Starting on March 26, visitors will no longer need to comply with any testing or vaccination requirement prior to Hawaii travel. And all of us can keep the mask off starting then too (with some exceptions as you’ll read below).
We are wondering what it will be like to actually see faces again. Some people only know us with our masks on. It will be like getting reacquainted. That’s crazy to even think about.
Ige announced the news at a press conference today saying that we will now learn to “live with the virus.” It comes as Ige confirmed that case counts are low and heading lower while at the same time Hawaii has a high vaccination rate.
The Governor did say should the need require it, he’ll be “ready to reinstate the mask policy.”
Where masks may still be required.
One caveat is that masks are still likely to be required on public transportation, such as buses, and in Hawaii’s airports. It will be up to other businesses to require masks if they choose to, which we believe will be unlikely.
When he was asked why he didn’t drop the masks effective immediately, rather than on March 26, Ige said he was being “prudent.” He will continue to monitor case counts and ould always change his mind between now and March 26.
And further recommendations from Hawaii.
Hawaii continues to recommend that those who are immunocompromised, elderly, or otherwise at high risk to continue to wear masks. The Department of Health also suggests indoor masks wearing in crowded settings.