City to resume classes in Honolulu parks this fall, with new rules for entering indoor facilities
The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation will open its first phase of online and in-person registration today for fall courses offered under Safe Access Oahu restrictions.
There will always be a wide variety of lessons available this fall – from archery and swimming, tai chi, volleyball and ukulele – for all ages, in person and online.
Enrollment numbers, however, will be limited due to collection limitations, officials said, depending on how the course unfolds.
Use of indoor facilities will also be restricted and authorization guidelines will be amended.
The majority of courses are offered free of charge, with registration being accepted online starting at 4 p.m. today at pros.hnl.info. In-person registration is required for courses requiring payment at the park where the course is held.
To enter the DPR’s indoor facilities, staff, contractors, volunteers and the public must present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and corresponding identification, unless they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
For members of the public, the negative COVID-19 test must be performed within 48 hours of entering the covered premises. For staff, contractors and volunteers, the negative COVID-19 test must be carried out within seven days of entering the covered premises.
Both must also show credentials that match those of the negative COVID-19 test.
Anyone under the age of 12, or in a covered room for 15 minutes or less per 24-hour period, is exempt.
Proof of complete vaccination can be provided with a hard copy of the state-approved vaccination record, a photo or a digital copy of the immunization record. Some, but not all, DPR facilities will accept QR codes from the Hawaii SMART Health Card app, park officials said.
Masks will be compulsory regardless of the vaccination status in the park’s sanitary buildings, the swimming pool toilets and the changing rooms, as well as in the educational theater of the Hanauma Bay nature reserve.
For permitted indoor activities, the licensee is responsible for adhering to the Safe Access Oahu program and current collection limitations, including confirming proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a COVID test result. -19 negative for all park users before the start of their authorized activity.
More information on the rules is available at oneoahu.org/reopening-strategy. Requests for city park facilities and information on COVID-amended authorization guidelines can be found at bit.ly/COVIDpermits.
“All of these updates are designed to help keep our community safe, while continuing to provide enjoyable recreational opportunities for our park users in a comfortable environment,” DPR said in a press release.
Fall courses and programs, which will use some indoor facilities, are expected to begin by October 4.
Online and in-person registration dates are divided by geographic park districts according to the schedule below:
Start at 4 p.m. today for the following districts:
>> District I (Hawaii Kai to McCully) and District II (Makiki to Aiea)
Starts 4 p.m. Wednesday
>> District III (Pearl Ridge to Waianae to Wahiawa)
>> District IV (Waialua to Waimanalo)
>> District V (Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park)
IN PERSON REGISTRATION
Starts 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and continues from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
>> District I and District II
Available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday
>> District III, District IV and District V