With 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus including the state’s first case of community spread, the Governor of Hawaii is asking Americans on the mainland not to visit for the next 30 days. Hawaii travel has been one of the few bright spots for airlines, and early on in this crisis Oahu was one of only two major hotel markets to be doing well.
Gov. David Ige today took the extraordinary step of asking all Hawaii visitors to postpone their trips for the next 30 days and reschedule “for another date.”
Ige had no cost of the economic impact on an island economy that relies on tourism.
…We’re suggesting all activities shut down for the next 15 days,” he said.
Hawaii is following the lead of several other states in asking restaurants to shift to takeout and delivery and bars, clubs, and theaters to close. Cruise ship passengers will be thermal scanned on disembarkation starting Friday. Non-essential state workers are staying home and non-essential state travel is banned.
Many Americans kept Hawaii spring break plans, and others added Hawaii trips during ‘work from home’ periods interpreting home as a warm beach. Hawaii reproduction rates for the virus should help us understand whether the summer period will provide respite from the virus as it does flue – something experts are divided on and certainly isn’t guaranteed.