Ige approves Emergency Rule No. 27; Tier system dissolved

LIHU‘E — With Gov. David Ige’s signature, Emergency Rule No. 27 went into effect yesterday, effectively dissolving the COVID-19 tier system on Kaua‘i.

Most COVID-19 regulations, including masking requirements, travel regulations and limits on gathering size, will remain in place. The rule outlines specific and limited exceptions on the number of people who can attend professionally organized events.

Under the new rule, professionally organized events involving more than 100 people outdoors or more than 40 indoors will be allowed only if attendees provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of the event. Tests must be of the PCR or antigen variety.

Attendees under the age of 5 do not need to procure proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test so long as they attend the event with an adult who meets those requirements.

Organizers will be on the hook for maintaining records of attendees’ vaccination or COVID test documentation as well as records of contact information for each attendee. Organizers may be required to provide that information to the Department of Health to conduct contact tracing.

Organizers that violate the rule can be fined $500 for each infraction.

Because of this new development, Kaua‘i’s Emergency Rule No. 19, which established the tier system, was repealed. The tier system was designed before the delta variant caused a massive surge in cases across the state and on Kaua‘i and would have dropped most COVID-19 restrictions once the state hit 70% vaccination. However, the delta surge forced Mayor Derek Kawakami and officials to re-evaluate.

The new rule leaves the door open for Kawakami to maintain COVID-19 safety measures after the state surpasses 70% vaccination. A press release from his office is expected sometime Thursday.

18 Comments
  1. Paradise Lost October 14, 2021 1:57 am Reply

    Is the fine for the event organizers who break the rules $500 per event? Or $500 per person at the event?


    1. Zchechuan October 14, 2021 1:27 pm Reply

      $100 x $100 = $10,000 fine. This is a little too steep. And who would keep that fine money? I don’t know.


  2. Mark October 14, 2021 3:00 am Reply

    Enough already, just stop… We don’t need more rules.


  3. Richard October 14, 2021 4:05 am Reply

    It’s obvious that Kawakami will do all he can to hold onto his power and continue to ignore science as he has from the beginning. He was never going to adhere to the 70% figure. Never did ONE single thing to prepare for what he said was inevitable. Didn’t add a single bed in ICU. NEVER EVER MENTIONED THE THERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS USED ALL OVER THE WORLD JUST PUSHED VACCINES . IF PEOPLE COULD SHOP AT WALMART AND COSTCO WHICH NEVER CLOSED THEN NOTHING SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLOSED DOWN BY THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. THANKS FOR KILLING SO MANY SMALL BUSINESSES


  4. KauaiFarmMan October 14, 2021 6:25 am Reply

    2 weeks to flatten the curve!
    Once we have 70% vaccination we will return to normal !
    Our leaders never want to give us back our freedoms they took away!
    Medical tyranny is here to stay!


  5. Stand up for your rights October 14, 2021 6:40 am Reply

    If there is no tier system it’s Kawakami’s way to keep people restricted even longer. This is absolute nonsense and he may go down as the worst leader Kauai has had in years. COVID is a big scare tactic and if you are still scared and drive around masked up by yourself you probably should just stay home. This nonsense has went on for far too long. Most places in America count COVID cases like the flu and aren’t terrified over the nonsense. If Kawakami gets re-elected shame on Kauai.


  6. Freedom for Kauai October 14, 2021 6:42 am Reply

    At first I had hope, now all that hop is lost, keeping the restrictions in place?? For how long? He can’t continue to make these executive orders, it has been a year and half since the pandemic, the virus has cycled through multiple times at this point, now you people have to disclose their personal health inejust to attend gatherings?? You have got to be kidding, what’s next, we need a vaccine to go to the grocery store? This is unconstitutional and against HIPPA laws
    Ige and Kawakami have become dictators and we’re paying the price


  7. Das right October 14, 2021 7:02 am Reply

    So basically saying that there is no
    Metric in place to say when all of these Covid restrictions or mandates will
    be over, giving the mayor power to decide when he wants it to end. Judging by how things have been going from then beginning, likely never.


  8. Wethepeople October 14, 2021 7:20 am Reply

    Time to stop this100% BS nonsense and do what Norway and all the other Scandinavian Countries have done! Treat Covid like all the other flu’s, because that’s all it is! No lockdowns, no masks, no distancing, just life as usual!


  9. Ehhhh October 14, 2021 7:28 am Reply

    Ok….so as they say you the event organizers are responsible and liable for policing your customers and peers. Is anyone else sick of the massive overreaching government?


  10. That Lady October 14, 2021 7:56 am Reply

    We did what they said, and they changed the goalposts.

    That is how this works. They lie.


  11. That Lady October 14, 2021 8:49 am Reply

    We did what they said. They changed the rules.

    This doesn’t end until we say it does.


  12. CommonSenseish October 14, 2021 3:11 pm Reply

    HILARIOUS…. So these people (Kawakami and his gang) Create and Enforce the Kauai Tier System giving all of us an empty promise that at 70% we will get out freedom back… and ARE WE SHOCKED… he now wants to dissolve the Tier System (he created) because he was about to lose his power… If this guy gets voted back in next election I would be speechless.


    1. Richard October 16, 2021 7:58 am Reply

      You don’t really think the Democratic apparatus on this island is going to allow a conservative toGet voted in do you? Of course they won’t.Those of us in their right mind all know that it was never about the science it’s always been about control and Kamikaze is definitelyLusting over the control he’s been able toForce onto the citizens of the island


  13. merri October 14, 2021 6:51 pm Reply

    Kawakami and officals? who are these official others?


    1. Zuck October 15, 2021 9:11 pm Reply

      Grove farm. Zuck Berger.


  14. Daniel October 14, 2021 10:43 pm Reply

    I can only hope we vote these petty dictators out when we have the chance. They are moving the goalposts so they can keep running our lives indefinitely.


    1. CommonSenseish October 15, 2021 12:07 pm Reply

      Couldn’t agree with you more. IDK why it isn’t common sense, every State and County election people want change but vote for the same people.


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