On Monday, May 18th, the governor of Hawaii, David Ige along with other Hawaiian officials, held a news conference that revealed a four-phase plan which will hopefully safely reopen the state’s economy.
Hawaiian residents have been under stay-at-home orders since March 25. It was extended to May 31st in late April. An order for self-quarantining for 14 days upon arriving in Hawaii also went into effect in late March and continues to this day.
The state is currently in Phase 1 of reopening, wherein non-essential retailers and shopping malls can once again open their doors.
Phase 2 will allow a broader reopening, which includes “medium risk” businesses such as salons, barbers, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, houses of worship and museums. Gatherings would need to remain in groups of less than 10 people and high-risk populations would be advised to remain home.
Phase 3 will include the opening of “high risk” businesses such as bars, and clubs.
The governor also extended the required 14-day quarantine for visitors through June 30th. However, the Hawaiian government is apparently looking at alternate ways to allow visitors to not have to quarantine. They’ve been working with the White House to evaluate the legalities of requiring all visitors to submit to COVID-19 testing before arrival.
It’s been determined that nothing in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations prohibits the state from requiring that sort of testing. So Hawaii is looking into offering visitors a choice of COVID-19 testing vs. quarantine at some point in the “post-June 30th” future.
*** Feature photo: Hawaiian Airlines
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