Hawaii Plans to Delay Reopening until September 1, 2020. Previously, the state planned to reopen to out of state visitors on August 1, and Hawaii confirmed that visitors who tested negative for coronavirus could avoid the state's 14-day quarantine, which is currently mandatory for all arrivals and returning Hawaii residents with few exceptions (such as those engaged in essential medical work and military personnel).
But with Hawaii coronavirus cases rising–42 new cases were reported on Saturday July 11, the highest number of new cases in a day, since the onset of the pandemic–Lieutenant Governor Josh Green and county mayors in Hawaii have urged the mayor to delay reopening the state to transpacific tourism, which Ige announced on 7/13/20. Leaders have also pointed to the surge of new Covid-19 cases in California, Arizona, and other Southwestern states that send many visitors to Hawaii.
Unlike Alaska, Hawaii has stressed that no Covid-19 testing is available at the airport, and visitors have to get tested before arriving. Hawaii testing is limited, even for residents, due to the current shortage of reagents, and there is the concern that many would-be visitors will be unable to get tested prior to getting on a flight to Hawaii, due to local testing shortages in mainland states as well.
The delay will be costly, however, for Hawaii's economy, which is heavily based on tourism. It also throws into flux hotel plans, since it can take weeks to a month of planning to ready a property, particularly luxury hotels such as Four Seasons Maui at Wailea and Four Seasons Hualalai, which were slated to reopen August 1, 2020, due to Governor Ige's earlier announcement of Hawaii's 8/1/20 reopening.
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