Governor Ige To End Hawaii’s Indoor Mask Requirement
Last week, Governor David Ige announced that the Hawaii indoor mask requirement will end on March 25, 2022.
State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said they have been tracking data and studying trends in order to support the drop of the indoor mask requirement.
“Masks are still an important tool in preventing transmission of COVID-19,” said Dr. Char.
“We strongly recommend people over age 65, people with compromised immune systems, people who aren’t vaccinated, and those who care for people at risk of severe illness still wear masks indoors. This is especially important in crowded settings.”
With the importance of wearing masks in crowded settings, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble highly recommends masks to be worn in classrooms.
“We continue to recommend masks be worn in classrooms, at least for the time being. Masks provide a layer of protection as we amend the school quarantine guidance,” said Dr. Kemble.
Masks are still recommended indoors to those who are in schools, hospitals, healthcare facilities, long-term care facilities, shelters, correctional facilities and other congregate living settings.
In a press release, Gov. Ige said Hawaii’s low COVID-19 cases and high vaccination rate made it safe for most residents to be masks-less indoors.
“Right now, hospitalizations are trending down. Case counts are falling. We are better at treating people who are infected. Booster shots are saving lives. And the CDC has rated the state’s COVID-19 community as “low,”” said Ige.
“However, the state will be ready to reinstitute the mask policy if COVID case numbers surge.”
Even though the indoor mask requirement is being lifted on March 25, it’s still important to consider wearing masks when the vaccination status is unknown.
It is also important to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep yourself safe from the virus.
Stay up to date on vaccinations and booster shots. Get tested if you feel sick or come in close contact with someone who is infected. Stay home if you’re sick. Frequently wash hands and sanitize items and surfaces when out and about.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations, tests and safety guidelines, visit hawaiicovid19.com.