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County Releases Post-Grad Gathering COVID Guidelines

May 21, 2021, 12:14 PM HST
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Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth released guidelines for post-graduation gatherings.

The guidelines come as high school graduations kick-off Friday evening, May 21. The guidelines are meant to reinforce the emergency rules in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic while reinstating best practices to limited social gatherings.

Gathering sizes remain limited to 25 persons outdoors and 10 persons indoors. These gathering size limitations will remain in effect until June 10 or unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation, or whichever occurs first.

“As we begin celebrating our graduates, we are relying on our residents to be accountable to their loved ones, neighbors, and community,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “With these guidelines, we hope that those celebrating their keiki’s biggest accomplishments will be able to do so without putting others in our communities at risk. We have limited manpower to provide anything more than token enforcement of these rules and trust that the community will do what is best for our island. It’s why we have been so successful thus far, and it’s why we are going to be able to beat this virus very soon.”

Post-graduation Gathering Guidelines
 Spread out and distance as much as possible
 Provide proper sanitation materials, such as hand sanitizer, wipes, and masks
 Refrain from using shared drinking dispensers (i.e. kegs, pitchers, punch bowls, etc.)
 Encourage guests to bring their own coolers for beverages
 Utilize individualized serving containers for food, if possible
 If serving buffet-style food, have designated servers to handle utensils
o All servers should be masked and wearing gloves
o Food should be covered whenever unattended by servers
 Masks should be worn as much as possible
 Keep track of all persons who attend the gathering in the event that someone tests positive for COVID-19 in the days to follow

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Following these guidelines for both indoor and outdoor gatherings can drastically reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that our community remains safe throughout graduation season. If planning larger events, the County’s Event Request program will work with groups to ensure their event meets the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines to provide a safe event for everyone. We would also like to remind residents that outdoor gatherings are preferred.

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