Hawaii instituted mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all out of state arrivals back in March (read more here) that was extended through the end of July on Wednesday.
Visitors are required to self-isolate for 14-days and are subject to a $5,000 fine or imprisonment if they fail to observe this. Inter-island travel will reopen on June 16.
You can access the Hawaii tourism official website here.
Here’s the announcement from the governor:
Governor Ige extends COVID-19 emergency period through July, lifts inter-island quarantine next week
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed a ninth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the COVID-19 emergency period through July 31.
The emergency proclamation lifts the quarantine requirement for inter-island travelers effective 12:01 a.m. on June 16, 2020. However, it also leaves in place the quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers. The governor has the authority to make exemptions for transit corridors/bubbles.
“We are working very hard toward re-opening out-of-state travel, but we’re not there yet. We are being very cautious. There are new virus flare-ups in key mainland markets – including California where more than 2,000 new cases were reported yesterday. Oregon, Arizona and Texas are also reporting their highest number of new daily cases,” said Gov. Ige.
The proclamation also includes:
- Criminal liability for hosts of guests who violate quarantine requirements or owners of cars that are rented to quarantine violators.
- The extension of the eviction moratorium through July 31.
- The elimination of prohibitions related to beaches, boating, hiking and shoreline fishing, as these activities are being addressed through the counties in coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Hawaii has been able to keep its Covid-19 numbers low so far. The rising rates in the western states are of concern if and when Hawaii decided to reopen its borders for tourism.
Like I have pointed out earlier several times, I would not make any travel commitments until it is clear that arrival restrictions have been lifted.