Hawaii Will Now Remain Closed Until September
Looks like you may have to hold off on a Hawaiian vacation a little longer thanks to the rise in coronavirus cases.
The island planned on launching their pre-travel testing program August 1, but it has now been pushed back to September 1. With the program, visitors could show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their trip and not have to quarantine. Now, the mandatory 14-day quarantine will still remain in place until September.
In response to the delay, Governor David Ige said, "This was an extremely difficult decision to make. This delay will further hurt our economy, but as I’ve always said – we will make decisions based on the best available science and facts prioritizing the health and safety of Hawai‘i residents. Our county mayors and I agree, this delay is essential to protect our community."
Hawaii has reported a number of new cases. As of July 14, there have been 1,246 coronavirus cases and 22 deaths.
While many Hawaiian businesses were eager for this program to begin, as it would help the economy, risking the lives of native Hawaiians is not the way to go.
For now, it makes the most sense to postpone your vacation until cases in the states decline.
If you do have the travel bug and are positive you don't have COVID-19, THESE destinations are allowing American visitors.