Ige to discuss mask mandate; DOE says outdoor masking will be optional

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The governor and state Health Department are holding a news conference Tuesday to discuss the state’s indoor mask mandate.

The news conference begins at 1 p.m. and HNN will carry it online and on air (KGMB, KHNL, K5).

Hawaii is the only state in the nation with an indoor mask mandate still in place.

On Tuesday morning, the state Education Department announced that outdoor masking would no longer be required at public school campuses for students, faculty and staff.

The new rule is effective Wednesday and means that public school kids no longer have to wear masks at recess or when they’re walking between classes outdoors.

However, DOE said, masks would still be required indoors.

Gov. David Ige previously said the indoor mask mandate would remain in place through at least March 25, when his latest emergency proclamation ends.

Also that day, the state will drop its Safe Travels rules.

Under Safe Travels, domestic trans-Pacific arrivals must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to bypass a 10-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, the counties have dropped all their COVID restrictions.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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