VIDEO: Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi announces Oahu’s move to Tier 3 of reopening metrics


Updated 4:40 p.m.

Oahu residents may be able to have larger gatherings by Thursday after Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s announcement today to move the island to Tier 3 of its reopening strategy.

Under the less restrictive level, people would be allowed to dine in groups of up to 10, have funeral services of up to 25 and attend group fitness classes indoors with up to 10 participants. Gym capacity would increase to 50%. Restaurants and spiritual services could operate at full capacity as long as establishments maintain 6 feet distancing.

“We will officially move to Tier 3, and with that comes a really nice relaxation in rules and restrictions that have been imposed on us all these many months,” Blagiardi said.

“With that comes a lot of relief.”

Gov. David Ige would still need to approve the move to Tier 3 which could happen in less than 24 hours. However, an administration spokeswoman said the governor’s initial response usually results in a back-and-forth discussion. Even if both parties reach an agreement, it would not mean the changes would be immediate.

Blagiardi said he submitted the request to the governor on Monday.

In addition, Blagiardi plans to submit another request to modify the Tier 3 restrictions to allow for organized sports among other adjustments that have not yet been made public…

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