Honolulu to end vaccine proof mandate for eateries, gyms

HONOLULU — Honolulu will no longer require businesses including restaurants and fitness centers to verify employees and customers are fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi said Monday he will allow the emergency order that mandated vaccination proof or negative tests to expire on Saturday.

“Let us find joy in this moment as it brings hope, relief and positivity as we look forward to our new way of life where we live with, rather than are led by COVID,” Blangiardi said.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s statewide indoor mask mandate remains in effect.

Honolulu mandated verification of vaccination proof or negative tests during surge in cases from the delta variant.

City employees are still required to comply with the state’s vaccination requirements.

Honolulu’s free COVID-19 testing program will continue with reduced operating hours.

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