Big Island Coronavirus Updates

County Increases Gathering Size Limits For Sporting Events

October 4, 2021, 3:10 PM HST
* Updated October 4, 9:30 PM
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Hawaiʻi County has expanded outdoor gathering limits to 25 for organized sports at all outdoor county recreational facilities under the Big Island Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 18, which was signed by Mayor Roth in concurrence with Governor Ige Monday, Oct. 4.

The rule also creates a mechanism for sporting organizers to apply for special event exemptions to allow for gathering sizes above the limit of 25 for organized sports, which includes spectators, pending proper COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

To be granted an event exemption, organizers must have the following:

  • Reasonable means and methods to limit and enforce restrictions on the gathering including realistic, sufficient resources to implement such.
  • Reasonable means to inform, and methods to ensure and enforce, physical distancing requirements for all persons present.
  • Reasonable strategies for disinfection/sanitization of all common and high-touch surfaces.

“We are excited to get our keiki back onto the fields and into our open-air gyms safely,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “Because of the work that everyone has been doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, our numbers have seen a steady decline, and because of it, we believe that we can now make this transition in a way that is safest for our keiki and their families.”

The mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Rule No. 18 went into effect Monday and will continue until Dec. 3, 2021, unless terminated or superseded by a separate proclamation, whichever occusr first. In addition, restaurants are reminded to follow all COVID-19 protocols, including ensuring that masks are worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

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To submit formal requests for event exemptions at county recreational facilities, visit https://bit.ly/3oMmcRt.

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The Department of Parks and Recreation will review all requests. The department will also help sporting organizers create COVID-19 mitigation plans on a case-by-case basis if needed. For any questions, contact the department at 808-961-8311.

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