As the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline statewide, the Department of Accounting and General Services today announced that all state facilities operated by DAGS will reopen at general public, starting March 7, 2022.
“State operations continued throughout the pandemic, and departments and agencies served the public by appointment or through a managed process. Starting Monday, individuals can enter state facilities to conduct their business, after presenting the required documents,” said Curt Otaguro, state comptroller.
Beginning March 7, visitors to the Hawaii State Capitol will be able to enter from one of two entry points – the Basement Rotunda Entrance and the First Floor Rotunda, at street level.
Effective immediately, the Legislative Assembly will accept in-person testimony at public hearings as well as written testimony and testimony by videoconference.
To testify on a planned measure in open court, please create an account on the legislature’s website. Use the online testimonial form and follow the procedures outlined. To access the online testimonial form, log in to your account, then click on the testimonial button.
Security guards will operate a new screening process at each entry point, where visitors will be asked to present their photo identification cards and proof of vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of entering the Capitol. Visitors who meet the requirements will receive a daily sticker that must be worn at all times in the State Capitol. Face masks are also required at this time.
“We are very pleased to be able to welcome the public back to the State Capitol and to once again hold in-person meetings,” Gov. David Ige said. “We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the public over the past two years. The state has remained vigilant in its fight against COVID-19, and I’m proud to say that our collective efforts to maintain health and safety protocols have resulted in one of the highest hospitalization and death rates. bottom of the country.
Building hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Legislature observes holidays on Kūhiō Day (Friday, March 25) and Good Friday (April 15).
Entry procedures will remain in place until at least March 25 and will vary by department.