Return to Tier 4 today

LIHU‘E — The county returns to Tier 4 today after achieving low case counts for two consecutive weeks.

“Last month, Kaua‘i saw a rapid spike in cases unlike anything we experienced before,” said Mayor Derek Kawakami.

“But our community pulled together to take precautions, get tested and cooperate with the contact-tracing and quarantine process. Through the joint efforts of our community members and our public-health partners, we were able to contain the outbreak very quickly, and we are grateful for that.”

Tier 4 is the least-restrictive on Kaua‘i’s COVID-19 tier chart for Business and Recreational Guidelines. It allows gatherings of up to 25 outdoors and 10 indoors, with restrictions and safety guidelines.

This tier change was automatically triggered after Kaua‘i’s daily case count remained below an average of two per day over the past two weeks. Kaua‘i had moved to Tier 3 in early May after a spike in cases. For more information on the tier system and the county’s COVID-19 regulations, visit

“We continue to urge travelers and those around travelers to please utilize the free COVID-19 test center at the convention hall,” said Kawakami. “Just walk in between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment needed.”

He continues to recommend people consider getting vaccinated. Residents 18 and older are eligible for any vaccine available at pharmacies, hospitals and clinic locations. The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in those 12 years of age and older, and appointments are available at hospitals and pharmacies for this age group.

Vaccination is free and widely available on the island, including on weekends and evenings. For details, visit

  1. RGLadder37 May 24, 2021 12:23 am Reply

    It has actually gone down on Kaua’i? The state numbers has actually gone up. Including the national count. I don’t want to find out what the number is for death rate toll. So I will just leave that blank. I don’t know how many visitors are coming to Kaua’i. But I take it that that count has not gone up much. Tourism has actually gone down. As it has every where. But slowly picking up steam at some place throughout Hawai’i.

  2. Eric May 24, 2021 9:36 pm Reply

    The tier system was established before we even understood much about this new normal disease, and before a vaccine.

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