NEWS RELEASE: Governor Ige signs Executive Order limiting gathering sizes statewide

Posted on Aug 10, 2021 in 2020 COVID19, Events, Information and News Releases, Main, News Stories



Governor Ige signs Executive Order limiting gathering sizes statewide



August 10, 2021


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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed Executive Order 21-05 setting statewide limits for social gatherings, restaurants, bars, and social establishments.

“The Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has changed the course of the pandemic in Hawaiʻi. We are seeing case numbers in the 600s – the highest numbers we’ve seen since this pandemic began,” said Gov. Ige. “This requires immediate and serious attention to avert unmanageable strains on our healthcare system and other catastrophic impacts to the state.”

The following measures will take effect immediately:

  • Social gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people indoors and no more than 25 outdoors.
  • Patrons in restaurants bars and social establishments must remain seated with parties maintaining at least 6 ft distancing between groups (with maximum groups size of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors); there will be no mingling, and masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking.
  • The counties will review proposals for all professionally sponsored events for more than 50 people, to ensure that appropriate safe practices will be implemented. Organizers of these professional events must notify and consult with the following county agencies prior to the event. County approval is required for professional events for more than 50 people.


Professional Events Contacts:

City and County of Honolulu:

City Call Center: 768-CITY (2489).


County of Maui:

Email: [email protected]

Call: 808-270-7855


County of Hawaiʻi:


County of Kauaʻi:

Kauaʻi EMA – 808-241-1800


  • For all high-risk activities, indoor capacity is set at 50%. This includes bars, restaurants, gyms, and social establishments.

These limitations apply statewide and will be implemented as defined by each county and in accordance with definitions specified by each county. Additionally, the counties will enforce these measures pursuant to county orders, rules, and directives that identify penalties for each county.

Statewide limitations will not affect the counties’ COVID-19 policies regarding weddings, churches or other structured events.

The Executive Order will remain in place until Oct. 18, unless superseded by a subsequent order.



Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

[email protected]


Krystal Kawabata

Digital Media Specialist

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0080

[email protected]