HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Lieutenant Governor Josh Green of Hawai’i says, he sent a request to Governor David Ige to allow fully vaccinated fans at the University of Hawai’i games.
“I’m actually advocating for that and I sent a note over to the governor to that effect, but we been cautious,” Green said. “I think it’s coming time from my perspective, the football game should have fans. I think you should be able to go to the games if you’re fully vaccinated.
“It’s really not that big a risk but I respect Mayor Blangiardi. He’s trying to be careful,” Green said.
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According to the Associated Press (AP), in August of 2020, Honolulu officials notified the university that fans won’t be allowed at season-opening events due to the state’s current surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitals being overwhelmed.
“Although COVID cases appear to be trending down, the numbers are still high and hospital capacity is not yet back to a comfortable level,” Ige said. “And as a result, any potential spreader event at this time…such as a crowded football game…could push our healthcare system over the edge.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.