Anyone who isn’t vaccinated for COVID-19 soon won’t be able to eat in restaurants and bars, or attend numerous other types of establishments on the Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Oahu. The restrictions, which begin next week, are due to an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii.

The good news is that 64 percent of Hawaii’s population is vaccinated for COVID-19. However, Hawaii has already reported more than twice as many COVID-19 cases this year as it did in all of 2020, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

According to the data, Hawaii has reported 68,764 cases of COVID-19. It had reported 22,007 cases in all of 2020. What’s more, the state reported 6,130 new cases during the last week of August alone.

Here’s what you need to know about the new restrictions on Oahu and Maui.

Oahu’s Requirements

On Oahu, beginning September 13, a new emergency order will take effect. Under that order, everyone who wants to enter a restaurant or bar — or go to the gym and numerous other establishments — will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. This requirement will be in effect until at least mid-November. 

Other establishments that will also require patrons to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result are gyms, fitness facilities, and dance studios; bowling alleys, arcades, and billiards halls; movie theaters, museums, and indoor sections of botanical gardens, zoos, and other attractions.

“I really want this to come off as a common sense appeal,” Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said in a press conference. “This is our effort to help with community spread.”

Blangiardi said that including the testing option was important to minimize the economic impact on businesses that have already been struggling.

“We are trying to rebuild,” Blangiardi said in a previous announcement, Hawaii News Now reports. “We don’t want a lockdown.”

Maui’s Requirements

Officials in Maui are taking a similar, but slightly different, approach. Beginning September 15, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for everyone who wants to eat indoors in a restaurant or bar in Maui. The requirement will be in effect for at least 30 days.

“Customers will be required to show proof of vaccination to eat indoors,” Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said at a press conference. “Anyone who can’t show proof of vaccination can eat outside if that establishment has outside seating. Or they can get takeout.”

Victorino said Maui decided not to offer a negative COVID-19 test option for diners and bar patrons because “most people generally don’t plan their evenings out around a COVID test.”

Other restrictions will also begin September 15. For example, bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m.

Secondly, many tourist activities will be limited by capacity. Group sizes on tours, snorkeling excursions, fishing expeditions, sunset sails, and other activities will be limited at 50 percent of capacity to allow for social distancing. The capacity limit will also apply to all ground transportation services.

Know Before You

The list of restrictions for people traveling from the United States to Europe is growing as European Union members implement new rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU countries including Spain, Denmark, Italy and Norway are tightening restrictions for tourists traveling from the U.S. in the wake of the European Union’s removal of the country from its safe travel list and as COVID cases continue to rise stateside.

The EU’s August move signaled to member states that they should no longer ease restrictions on nonessential travel for people from the U.S. amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. The U.S. was added initially to the EU’s safe travel list in June.

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Spain requiring proof of vaccination

Spain began requiring proof of vaccination from travelers coming from the U.S. starting Monday. U.S. citizens can enter Spain for non-essential tourism by showing proof of vaccine, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Spain and Andorra.

“Additionally, U.S. citizens traveling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the ‘SpTH app’ in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age,” the Embassy said on its website.

The rule applies to all coming from the U.S., even if they stopped in a third-party country before entering Spain.

Denmark bans unvaccinated tourists from the U.S.

Denmark is banning unvaccinated tourists from the U.S. The change came after the country moved the U.S. to its “orange” travel advisory category on Saturday. Previously, U.S. tourists could enter Denmark by showing a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery. 

Some unvaccinated people from the U.S. can still enter Denmark with proof of a negative COVID-19 test but will need to have “a worthy purpose” such as work, school or legal matters, according to a joint website of the Danish authorities. Unvaccinated travelers permitted to enter will be required to quarantine.

Entry requirements do not change for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers, who are still exempt from testing and quarantine requirements. 

Bulgaria moved U.S. to its ‘red zone’

Bulgaria announced earlier this month it would move the U.S. into its “red zone” and prohibit travel from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, as the country faces its fourth surge of COVID-19. 

Italy added testing, isolation requirements

Italy added testing and self-isolation requirements for American travelers at the end of August after the EU removed the U.S. from its safe travel list.

Though the most dramatic policy changes affect unvaccinated travelers – who are still welcome to enter the country, so long as they take the time to self-isolate – vaccinated travelers will have to jump through additional hoops of new testing requirements. Travelers can offer proof of vaccination through a paper card with a CDC logo.

Sweden barring travelers

The U.S. will restrict travel from India beginning May 4, as COVID-19 ravages the world’s second-largest country. 

The White House announced the new policy on Friday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already declared India “very high risk,” and recommended that Americans avoid all travel to India. 

“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s office said in a statement. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India. The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4.” 

According to a presidential proclamation, the restriction applies to “nonimmigrants” and “noncitizens” who were in India during the 14-day period prior to attempting to enter the U.S. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, among other exceptions.

The United States’ first shipment of emergency medical aid supplies arrived in India on Friday, as the country has reported more than 300,000 new cases each day for the last week. India’s health care system received more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly a million test kits and other supplies. 

Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the new restrictions Friday.

“So, on the issue of India, the – we have announced that there’s going to be a travel restriction starting on Tuesday on the advice of the Centers of Disease Control,” she said. “Our COVID-19 experts, medical experts, our national security advisers. It is important to note, as I said earlier, that we have a responsibility as the United States in particular as it relates to the people that we have partnered with over the years.”

India reports that more than 200,000 people there have died from COVID-19, but the real figure is believed to be higher. The U.S. has still not agreed to release doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine or any other vaccine to India, although President Biden said earlier this week he’s discussed the matter with India’s prime minister.