In response to a recent uptick in coronavirus infections, the island of Oahu has imposed new restrictions on social gatherings.

Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people regardless of family or household affiliation. When in groups of 10 or less, both indoors or outdoors, the individuals gathering are expected to keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and those from different households and wear face coverings as mandated in previous orders. 

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has said he is also considering closing all city parks and temporarily stopping the issuance of tent permits for public lands. 

Last week, Honolulu received approval from the state to shut down all bars for three weeks and prohibit restaurants from serving alcohol after 10 p.m.

As of Aug. 3 the state reported 2,448 coronavirus cases. After strict stay-at-home orders were implemented and activity severely limited, Hawaii was reporting single-digit new cases each day, but in recent weeks following the easing of restrictions the daily numbers have leapt into the triple digits. More than 500 of the total cases were reported in the previous week, the bulk of them on Oahu.

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