EbeneNews – UA – Hawaii reopens to tourists with COVID restrictions, 14-day quarantine no longer required with test

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    Hawaii previously required all visitors to complete a mandatory quarantine

    About 8,000 people arrived in the state on Friday, the first day of a new program that allows tourists to travel to the Hawaiian Islands without having to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, according to the Associated Press However, travelers must produce a negative coronavirus test performed within 72 hours of their flight to avoid quarantine

    There is also an option to not get tested and simply quarantine for the full two weeks, as visitors have done since late March All travelers to Hawaii must create a profile on Safe Travels to help the state track and enforce quarantines for visitors who refuse pre-travel testing

    The pre-trip program is touted as a way to revive the tourism industry, which has suffered tremendously since the start of the pandemic Of Hawaii’s nearly 4,000 restaurants, bakeries and caterers, 100 have closed their doors from permanently and more than 50% expect they will close in the coming months, state officials told the PA

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    « It is extremely important to our state’s economy to restart tourism, which is truly the economic engine of our state, » Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing for Hawaiian Airlines, said on Good Morning America « And we need to do it safely in a way that keeps our community safe, protects our customers and our industry workers »

    Hawaii has responded quickly to the coronavirus pandemic, implementing mandatory quarantine on March 26 The state was able to avoid the first spikes in cases that plagued much of the rest of the country, with Gov David Ige announcing in May that Hawaii had « flattened the curve »

    In August and early September, however, cases began to rise, New York Times data shows Many local politicians and business owners criticized the new travel program, saying it wouldn’t do enough to protect islands from COVID-19 outbreak following increased number of cases

    « We had hoped for ‘sandwich’ tests, where visitors would be tested before departure and after arriving in Hawaii in order to keep Hawaii a citadel safe from COVID, » chef Peter Merriman told CNN and restaurateur « But it turns out that we don’t have enough testing capacity, so only one pre-trip test is needed »

    He added: « The people of Hawaii have embraced the wearing of masks and the spirit of aloha inherently includes concern for the well-being of one another We hope visitors to Hawaii take the same approach to keep everyone safe. « 

    Many islands have implemented additional safety measures, with the Big Island requiring secondary rapid testing on arrival for visitors to avoid quarantine Oahu officials said they wanted to do something similar thing, but they don’t have testing capability yet, according to AP In Maui and Kauai, secondary testing is voluntary

    « This second test on arrival on the island of Hawaii will provide an extra layer of protection for our community, » Big Island Mayor Harry Kim said in a statement Monday. « Virtually all medical and coronavirus experts agree on the need for more than one test »

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