As many states start easing lockdown restrictions, the hospitality industry faces hard decisions to make. Flying to the tropical beach might seem like a perfect way to run away from pandemic, but don't rush to book your ticket before you are aware of local rules and travel advisories.
On April 25, 2020, Governor Ige extended Hawaii's mandatory 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers arriving through May 31. This applies to all arrivals at state airports, including private and commercial aircrafts. All arriving passengers are required to initial and sign the order confirming they are aware of the 14-day quarantine and acknowledging they understand violating the order is a criminal offense, and subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment.
You must stay in your place of residence, such as hotels or condominiums to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 to other people. The hotels must issue single-use room keys to quarantining guests upon check-in.
You can't use facilities such as pools, spas, gyms, restaurants, or bars. You are not allowed to visit local attractions. In addition, running, jogging or walking on the beach will be permitted, as long as social distancing requirements are observed.
Governor extended the stay-at-home order across the state through May 31, which means residents may leave their homes only for various essential needs, including healthcare, purchasing food, medicine, gasoline, taking care of the elderly, minors, or those with disabilities, returning to a place of residence outside of Hawaii, picking up educational materials for distance learning, receiving meals or other related services. Outdoor exercise is also permitted – including swimming, surfing and walking pets.
Hawaii State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, “We have seen a steady decline in new cases over the past several weeks, although today we’re at zero, we want to maintain these declines. As businesses reopen, as people become more active and travel more freely, we will inevitably see an increase in cases.” Health experts indicate that while Hawaii is fortunate to have this pause, it should be used to reassess response capacity, preparedness plans, and to ensure the state is ready for a second and potentially larger wave of the disease.