Governor of Hawaii not ready to open up the state to tourism

If you are wanting to visit Hawaii without being required to quarantine, you’ll have to wait until September. The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, just extended the mandatory 14-day quarantine through the end of August.

Beginning September 1st, visitors to the islands will have the option to quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This traveler pre-testing program was set to begin Aug. 1, but because COVID-19 outbreaks in several states are “not in control” the governor has delayed the launch of the program.

“This was not an easy decision to make. It really was a choice between two difficult options,” he said.

This decision will hit Hawaii’s tourism businesses hard. The Hawaii Tourism Authority said that the industry wants to “welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future.”

“We did believe it would be in the best interests of everyone here in Hawaii to delay the start of the program,” Ige said, in a news conference. “I also want to make it clear that we still believe in the pre-travel testing program. We will continue to take actions necessary to implement it safely.”

The pre-travel testing program will require passengers to produce a negative coronavirus pre-test taken within 72 hours of departure to Hawaii.

Aulani, Disney’s resort in Hawaii, still has not identified a reopening date but will most likely remain closed through August.

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