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Oahu begins allowing some large outdoor events as part of ‘cautious’ push to fully reopen

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some outdoor events are allowed on Oahu starting Wednesday as part of Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s larger plan of easing restrictions over the next two weeks.

Outdoor seated events — like University of Hawaii football games — can now be held with up to 1,000 attendees, but no more than 50% of a venue’s capacity.

Other limits: Everyone in attendance must be vaccinated and masked. Assigned seating will be required and everyone must follow social distancing rules. Only water can be served (no food).

Additionally, everyone who is working at the events must comply with Safe Access Oahu protocols, which means they must either be vaccinated or present proof of a negative COVID test. Read more. 
U.S. to Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated Foreign Travelers

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that it will lift travel restrictions on Nov. 8 for fully vaccinated individuals arriving in the U.S. by air travel or by crossing land borders, according to a White House official.

Foreign nationals will be able to travel to the U.S. if they show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel. The policy change was announced in September, but the White House is announcing Friday the date when it will take effect.

The White House announced earlier this week it would lift restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign nationals for non-essential travel at U.S. land borders and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico in early November. Land and ferry travelers will be required to present proof of vaccination to officials upon request. Read more. 

Can Farm Tours, Bird-Watchers and Storytellers Save Hawaii Tourism?

“We must pivot towards regenerative tourism,” the Hawaii Tourism Authority says in a recent destination management plan for Oahu. “Regenerative tourism is how tourism can make destinations better for both current and future generations.”

The idea of regenerative tourism isn’t new, but the fact that it was the topic of discussion at two major events within 24 hours shows it’s taking hold in Hawaii. Even corporate types are buying in. Sherry Menor-McNamara, the president and chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, was among those on the steering committee that shaped HTA’s destination management plan calling for regenerative tourism. Read more. 

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