HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – “…The governor has announced plans to delay until Sept. 1 a program that would allow trans-Pacific travelers to skip quarantine in Hawaii if they test negative for COVID-19.
Gov. David Ige said he delayed the launch of traveler pre-testing program, which was set to begin Aug. 1, because COVID-19 outbreaks in several states are “not in control” and pushing infections to record highs.
He acknowledged that the delay will hit businesses that rely on visitors hard.
“This was not an easy decision to make. It really was a choice between two difficult options,” he said.
The governor’s decision extends the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all trans-Pacific travelers through the end of August as the state continues to hammer out the details of how the testing program will work.”