Despite rising Covid-19 cases nationwide, Hawaii authorities hope to restart tourism next week by loosening months of economically crippling pandemic restrictions, including a mandatory 2 week self-isolation for all arriving vacationers.
The plan, which was postponed after the infection surged in the summer, will allow Hawaii-bound vacationers who provide negative Covid-19 test results within 3 days of arrival to sidestep 14-days of quarantine.
But the Oct. 15 launch of the pre-travel testing program is causing issues for some who say gaps in the plan could further endanger a community still reeling from summer infection rates that rose to 10% after local restrictions eased.
State Sen. Glenn Wakai, chair of the Committee on Economic Development, Tourism and Technology, said one issue is that the tests are not mandatory for all. People can still choose to not get tested & instead self-isolate for 14-days upon arrival, which means those with a negative test could get infected on the plane.