Gov. Ige Extends Trans-Pacific Travel Quarantine

Governor Ige says he recognizes the importance of reopening out-of-state travel, but “we’re not there yet and we are being cautious.” The mandatory, 14-day quarantine remains in place until July 31. He pointed to new flare-ups in key mainland markets like California, with more than 2,000 new cases yesterday. Oregon, Arizona, and Texas all are reporting the highest numbers of new daily cases since the coronavirus pandemic began. “We will not reopen out-of-state travel before the end of June,” and said his ninth Supplementary Emergency Proclamation gives him the flexibility to reopen travel when the state is ready.

The governor said that many options to protect the health of Hawai‘i residents are being considered and will involve a multi-layered approach to reduce the danger of infection spikes. He said the approach will involve screening, testing, travel to low-risk areas, and contact tracing and focusing on how to reopen in travel corridors with low circulation of the virus. “Screening forms are expected to be similar to the new interisland travel forms and this process will help us refine our plans for a broader reopening of travel to Hawai‘i, Governor Ige said.

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