The Mayor of Kauai, who is running for governor, was opposed to the state’s re-opening plan. He didn’t want to go along with tourists who had tested negative for Covid-19 in advance of travel, and wanted to require them to still quarantine on arrival and then test again several days later.
The Governor didn’t go along with that, so the Kauai is now opting out of the state’s testing regime entirely. All passengers arriving on Kauai are again required to quarantine for 14 days.
That’s shut down the island’s tourism, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai – the island’s largest employer – is closing on Monday.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai will remain closed for the rest of 2020 and into 2021, though it is not yet clear when the property will re-open. Kauai is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful islands, and the Grand Hyatt a top spot for frequent travelers – but not right now.