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Hawaii Officials Require Two-Week Quarantine On Arrival To The State

By Parker Diakite

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Hawaii’s governor is requiring all visitors and residents that are returning to the state to self-isolate for 14 days.

“With the majority of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” governor David Y. Ige said in a statement announcing the new restrictions. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaii’s business, community, and visitor industry leaders.”

All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaii’s airports will be required to complete a form with the state’s department of agriculture that will be distributed on their flight.

Upon arrival, they will go through a checkpoint and present the completed form with valid identification. Checkpoint staff will validate the form and issue documentation that certifies they cleared the checkpoint. The form also includes information on the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with penalties.

If you are a resident, your designated quarantine location is your place of residence and if you are a visitor, your designated quarantine location is your hotel room or rented lodging.  Visitors and residents can only leave your designated quarantine location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.

During the quarantine, public spaces, including pools, meeting rooms, fitness centers or restaurants cannot be visited.

Failure to follow Hawaii’s order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both, the statement from Governor Ige reads.  

The mandate will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Mar. 26, 2020.

“These actions are extreme, but they will help flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for a quicker recovery. We need everyone to comply with these quarantine orders to help protect Hawaiʻi’s residents,” added Ige.

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