During the coronavirus crisis Hawaii has kicked people off the island who couldn’t possibly have brought the virus there and still be spreading it. They use the virus as an excuse to push out Airbnb rentals which compete with local hotel owners as well as trying to keep tourists segregated in resort areas.
They’ve considered requiring anyone coming to the islands have a ticket to leave. Again, that does not thing to stop the spread of the virus, and just represents using the virus as a mask for hate-filled legislation.
So it’s not surprising that even as Hawaii sets to re-open intra-island travel without quarantine June 16, they’re doing so for local residents only – placing restrictions on Americans who don’t live in Hawaii – even though there’s no coronavirus-related rational basis for disparate treatment.
State Attorney General Clare Connors said once the quarantine is lifted, inter-island travelers will undergo a temperature check and complete a declaration form. Using a master list, authorities will also confirm that they’re not mainland or international travelers, who are still subject to a quarantine.
Hawaii’s government might say that the issue is volume and that the discriminatory approach of limiting freedom of travel to state residents is one way to keep is manageable. A ‘master list’ of outsiders, to them, is a more desirable approach than greater virus testing and hiring more contact tracers.
On the positive side, several resorts are expected to offer residents free parking and waived resort fees.
It does seem though that Hawaii wants to build a wall and make Los Angeles pay for it.