The governor of Hawaii has approved “Resort Bubbles” for visitors quarantining on the island of Kauai. Travelers visiting Hawaii are currently required to quarantine for 14 days.
“Resort Bubbles” allow guests at participating hotels to leave their rooms and enjoy on-site amenities during their mandatory quarantine. There is a catch though-guests have to agree to wear a GPS electronic bracelet. The GPS monitor will ensure that no one leaves the resort.
“The bracelet which looks similar to a smart watch utilizes technology called geofencing so their movement can be monitored,” said Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami. “If at any point a guest should leave the hotel property and break quarantine it will be immediately flagged by hotel security and police will respond.”
Guests who violate the rules would face a $5000 fine and up to a year in jail.
Kauai is currently the only island approved to implement this new program as there are few to no new COVID-19 cases on the island.
Aulani, Disney’s Resort on the island of Oahu, is still closed. If the “Resort bubble” program is successful on Kauai, it is likely that Aulani could implement the program as well. The GPS bracelets could be very similar to MagicBands that are used at Walt Disney World.
Hawaii should also be launching a pre-travel testing program next month that would allow visitors to skip the quarantine if they have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving to the state. The “Resort bubble” program would be a good option for those guests not wanting to get a COVID-19 test.
Would you wear a GPS tracker while visiting a Hawaiian Resort?
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