Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine for arrivals extended to August 31
Visitors and returning Hawaii residents are required to follow a mandatory 14-day stay-at-home quarantine upon arrival in the islands, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Hawaii residents are also required to abide by the quarantine mandate, with a previous exemption removed by the state, effective August 11, 2020. Arriving mainland and international visitors must also honor the quarantine until further notice.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige closed beaches and parks, effective August 8, 2020, and previously closed bars and placed restrictions on restaurants that serve alcohol.
The restrictions and closures are in response to recent spikes in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the islands.
“This was not an easy decision,” Gov. Ige said in a statement while announcing the initial order. “I know this has been difficult for everyone. Businesses need to reopen. People want to end this self-isolation and we want to return to normal. But this virus is potentially deadly, especially for the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.
“Thanks to our residents, we are flattening the curve, saving lives, and avoiding a resurgence of this virus by not reopening prematurely.”
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau notes that the state’s quarantine order is unlike any other in the country.
A verification and tracking procedure is in place at all airports throughout the islands, and that process begins as soon as an arriving passenger disembarks. It continues with follow-up calls and monitoring throughout the 14-day mandatory quarantine period, or until the traveler departs, whichever comes first.
In addition to risking the health of yourself and others, ignoring the quarantine requirement can subject you to arrest and fines of up to $5,000.
If you are planning a trip to the islands while this quarantine is in effect, be aware that vacation rentals have been deemed non-essential by Gov. Ige’s order and, therefore, cannot legally accept new reservations.
To ensure the safety of all visitors and residents, it is highly recommended that you postpone your travel plans until the governor has declared it is safe to visit the islands. If postponing is not an option, be sure to abide by the quarantine order and avoid putting yourself and others at risk.
We want all our hawaii.com ohana — here in the islands and throughout the world — to remain safe as we continue to follow Gov. Ige’s stay-at-home order and practice social distancing when venturing out for essential needs.
Please join us in remaining vigilant and respectful of others during this difficult time. We can’t wait to see you here in the islands when it is safe to return.
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