Indoor and outdoor events will now be allowed to operate at full capacity with vaccinated attendees starting Nov. 3, announced Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi in a news conference today. 

Vaccination rates in the state are up 90% and the number of hospitalizations have decreased, Blangiardi said in the conference.

“We go forward with love in our hearts and concern for our public, but we go forward,” Blangiardi said.

This new phasing plan allows for University of Hawai‘i sports events to open their doors to waiting crowds of season ticket holders and students. Masks and social distancing will still be required at all indoor and outdoor events.

The previous reopening plan, announced by Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Oct. 8, only allowed a total of one thousand fans at the New Mexico State versus Hawai‘i football game. Priority for these tickets was given to families of the football players, season ticket holders and a limited number of students.

Students were only allowed to attend the last home football game if they were selected randomly through an online raffle system, which some students expressed concern over in a survey Ka Leo published on Oct. 23.

The University of Hawai‘i has not yet released a statement on how this new plan will change the current ticketing system.


Other changes to the reopening plan include:

  • Bars and restaurants can now stay open until 2 a.m.

  • Outdoor weddings and funerals can hold up to 500 people, or 50% capacity, starting on Nov. 3. On Nov. 24, there will be no capacity limits.

  • Races and triathlons can have 200 people competing in staggered groups starting Nov. 24.

This article will update as more information is released.