HONOLULU (KHON2) — The University of Hawai’i sent out an email to students and staff on Tuesday, stating “effective Wednesday, May 25, face masks are once again required indoors” across the school’s system.

The one exception is students and faculty do not need to wear a mask when working alone or separated from others by 6-feet or more, according to UH.

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UH said restoration of this practice, consistent with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, was recommended by UH medical and public health experts and the State of Hawai’i Department of Health and affirmed by UH leadership.

According to UH, the reinstatement of the comprehensive indoor mask requirement will better protect the health of students and employees as every county in the state but one is currently assessed to have a “high” level of COVID-19 community transmission by the CDC.

UH will keep the indoor face mask requirement until the “level of COVID-19 transmission in the state decreases.”

The university said if you test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus or a UH facility, immediately contact your respective COVID-19 response team.

Do not report to a UH campus or facility if any of these apply:

  • You tested positive for COVID-19 and are on home isolation.
  • You have new or worsening symptoms that could be COVID-19 and not attributable to a pre-existing condition.
  • You are immunocompromised and are in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  • You are not “up to date” with your vaccines and are in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. “Up to date” means you have received all COVID-19 vaccine doses for which you are eligible, e.g., the initial two shots and a booster.
    • You must isolate for 5 days after the date of last exposure and may return on day 6 if you have not had a fever within the past 24 hours and your symptoms have significantly improved. When you return to campus, you must wear a well-fitted mask at all times and not eat or drink around others until the full 10 days have passed.
  • You are subject to government-issued or a healthcare provider’s orders to quarantine.

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On Tuesday, Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation announced that “all keiki participants of the 2022 Summer Fun Program will be required to wear facial coverings while indoors or inside program vehicles/transportation, unless medically exempt.”

This announcement comes after an increase in COVID-19 cases was reported recently by the Hawaii Department of Health.

During outdoor activities, face masks are not required — can be worn on a voluntary basis.

A majority of our City and park staff have already chosen to voluntarily wear masks in these types of settings, and we certainly encourage all staff and the public to take the best approach for their community and personal health in these decisions. Ultimately, I believe this is one of the many, many qualities of Hawai‘i that makes our islands so amazing; the overall consideration and empathy for our neighbors and being respectful of our diverse communities with what we say and do.”


The program will also provide sanitizers and masks throughout the summer to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

To view the UH COVID-19 Guidelines, click here and for more information on Oahu’s Summer Fun Program, click here.