Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Officials in Hawaii, US, to extend a requirement for all travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days to Aug. 31.
- Alert Begins: 15 Jul 2020 05:55 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Hawaii (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Hawaii, US, have delayed until at least Sept. 1 a plan to allow travelers to enter the state without the need of self-quarantine if they have tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the previous three days. The plan was initially scheduled to begin Aug. 1. The delay means that current travel restrictions will continue to be enforced until at least Aug. 31: all travelers entering Hawaii from another US state or from abroad must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Starting Sept. 1, authorities will allow travelers to enter the state without the need to self-quarantine, if they have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their travel. If the test results are still unknown when the travelers arrive in Hawaii, they will need to self-quarantine until the results are available. No test will be provided at Hawaii airports.
Inter-island flights have been allowed since mid-June. All passengers must submit a health and travel form online 24 hours before their flight departure.
Other restrictions remain in place, as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. While state parks and beaches have reopened, gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned statewide, and residents 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to remain home as much as possible. Commercial and recreational boats may operate at 50-percent capacity. Authorities also urge residents to wear facemasks whenever in public and close to others.
State authorities have also allowed counties to reopen multiple businesses as part of Hawaii's economic reopening plan:
- City and County of Honolulu: Outdoor recreational facilities; personal care services, such as barbershops and hair salons; dine-in services at restaurants; film and television productions; indoor entertainment businesses, such as bowling alleys, theaters, and museums; gyms and fitness centers; bars; educational and care facilities; and outdoor organized team sports are allowed to operate with restricted capacity. Individuals must wear facemasks.
- Hawaii County: Places of worship, personal care services, dine-in services at restaurants, indoor entertainment businesses, museums, fitness centers, swimming pools, and real estate businesses are open.
- Maui County: Bars were allowed to reopen June 15 with capacity restrictions and social distancing. Authorities have also allowed the reopening of dog parks, playgrounds, county and beach parks, and some public pools. Nightclubs, theaters, and gyms remain closed. Individuals over the age of five years old must wear a facemask in indoor public spaces.
- Kauai County: Salons and barber shops, cleaning and construction companies, one-on-one personal training, outdoor tour activities, places of worship, and public and private pools have been allowed to operate with restricted capacity. Gyms, dine-in service at restaurants, personal care services, and outdoor recreational facilities can open with restricted capacity.
Essential businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, financial institutions, and those related to agriculture, security, social services, transportation, and critical manufacturing, may continue operating. Landscape businesses, auto dealerships and car wash services, pet grooming, observatories, and retail and repair services have also been allowed to reopen statewide. Businesses must ensure proper distances between employees and between customers, enhance sanitation, and send home any worker showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities may deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.