Oahu facilities requiring vaccine, negative test

Authorities in the Hawaiian resort island of Oahu are now requiring people to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative virus test result when using restaurants and other designated facilities.

The US state of Hawaii has been seeing a rise in the coronavirus infections since last month with the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. In late August, Governor David Ige urged visitors to refrain from traveling to his state.

The tougher measure took effect on Oahu Island, which is home to the state capital Honolulu, on Monday. People who want to enter restaurants, sport gyms, movie theaters, museums and other facilities must present their proof of vaccination or a negative result of a test taken within 48 hours.

At a Honolulu restaurant famous for its pancakes and hamburgers, visitors entered the shop after showing certificates or QR codes with their virus status.

A woman said the process to enter the restaurant was easy, and that she thinks it's a pretty safe environment for everyone to come out and still have fun.

The restaurant's chef, Keith Kong, said it is a lot of extra work, but that he hopes both locals and tourists to come to dine at his restaurant.

Similar moves requiring visitors to show vaccination proof are also in place in New York and San Francisco.