Maui visitors must have the AlohaSafe Alert for COVID-19 contact tracing installed on their phone when they arrive on Maui, per new rules that go into effect January 19, 2021.
Maui has seen many more new COVID-19 cases since Hawaii reopened in mid-October 2020. While there were only 50 COVID-19 cases reported in September, that more than doubled in October to 133 cases, grew to 150 cases in November, and sharply increased to 483 cases in December, with holiday gatherings and travel.
Hawaii Governor Ige approved Maui Mayor Victorino's request to require arrivals to Maui to have downloaded the Aloha Safe App to their smartphone. The rule requires that:
- All travelers arriving in Maui County, both transpacific and interisland, must have either the AlohaSafe Alert app or the Google-Apple Exposure Notification System application downloaded to his/her phone, or have enabled the exposure notification setting on the phone
- Adult travelers (age 18 and older) who do not have a mobile phone must be traveling with a companion who has downloaded one of the above contact tracing apps
- Travelers under age 18 are exempt
- Anyone who is not exempt and does not download the app must go into mandatory 10 day quarantine
The AlohaSafe Alert app doesn't track your location and doesn't reveal your identity to anyone that it notifies, should you test positive for COVID-19 and upload this information. As with most other exposure apps, it uses Bluetooth to anonymously communicate with other devices, and exchanges a secure, random anonymous code with a device that is within close range. The AlohaSafe Alert app only sends a notification if you were within 6 feet of a person who later tests COVID-19 positive for a cumulative total of 15 minutes.
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