Hawaii has extended its required 14 day quarantine for arriving visitors through the end of July. That means it’s effectively off-limits to tourism until at least August.
They can’t ban travelers from coming to the islands, but they can require quarantines once they land. So for Hawaii ‘re-opening’ means lifting of quarantine requirements. The state plans to:
- Prepare to do COVID-19 testing on arrival, and potentially require testing in advance of travel as well.
“Testing before getting on the plane is one of the key components that we are looking at, and really asking the question of how will we be able to verify who conducted the test,” [Governor] Ige said.
- Install thermal scanners at airports to identify passengers with fevers, along with facial recognition cameras to identify who is reading out with a 100.4 degree temperature or above. The state promises only to take photos of those flagged as possibly having a fever.
Airline bookings to Hawaii in July have picked up substantially. Passengers don’t appear to have expected this. Of course with airline policies allowing penalty-free changes risk of this strategy may have been low to the consumer. The state, which derives 21% of its GDP from tourism, has been lukewarm at best to welcoming back people from the mainland and abroad.
Hawaii has had 653 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 27 are believed to still be active.
(HT: Reid F.)