Hawaii’s quarantine for interisland travel back in effect
Updated August 7, 2020
Quarantine back in effect for interisland travelers
Hawaii Gov. David Ige reinstituted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers, effective Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
The governor had previously lifted the quarantine for Hawaii residents traveling among the islands, but recent spikes in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has prompted the state to add back restrictions.
The interisland quarantine is just one of those restrictions; parks and beaches are again closed, effective Saturday, August 8, and the state previously closed bars and placed restrictions on restaurants that serve alcohol.
Plans were in place to allow mainland and interisland travelers to bypass the 14-day quarantine, starting October 1, 2020, provided they can produce a valid negative COVID-19 result. An update on that plan is expected from the state soon.
Hawaii is moving a step closer to opening back up to tourism, with Gov. David Ige’s recent announcement that he will lift the 14-day interisland travel quarantine for Hawaii residents.
Mainland and international visitors still must abide by the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in the islands, though Ige noted that he and other authorities in Hawaii are discussing details for easing that, as well.
“We do want to recover and reopen our economy and we will be bringing more visitors into the islands in a very measured way,” Ige said. “We have to live with COVID-19 and it’s a very infectious and a very deadly disease.
“Unless we maintain discipline, it won’t take very much to see a spike in cases in the islands.”
The 14-day quarantine for mainland and international arrivals is currently in effect through July 31, 2020.
Hawaii residents will be allowed to travel to neighbor islands without need for a 14-day quarantine, though they will be required to undergo health screenings and temperatures scans at the airport, in addition to filling out paperwork with details on travel history, residence and destination.
Some Hawaii businesses began re-opening in early June — including restaurants offering dine-in options — with new restrictions in place, another indication that a return to tourism in the islands might not be far off.
Gyms, movie theaters and bars will be allowed to reopen on June 19, provided they follow social distancing protocols.
For more information about Hawaii’s response to COVID-19, see the following:
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