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Want to visit Hawaii? You’ll be stuck there for 14 days if you travel there

Hawaii Gov. David Ige extends mandatory quarantine for all visitors

In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state’s tourism industry.
In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state’s tourism industry.
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Hawaii has decided to extend its 14-day quarantine policy for all people who visit the state, the Associated Press reports.

What’s the news:

  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige said this week that Hawaii will extend its 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers to help keep COVID-19 cases low within the islands, the AP reports.
  • The new rule will last until the end of July. Hawaii hopes to develop a screening process before it lets travelers return without the quarantine.
  • The state plans to add thermal screening stations and facial recognition technology by the end of 2020 to help with the process. The technology would help track people in the airport while they’re being screened for coronavirus, according to the Associated Press.
  • Per KHON2, Ige said: “We know how important it is to restore travel between the islands. The state is ready. It really is an opportunity to reunite families and to allow all of us to travel inter-island, to engage our relatives and friends across the state.”
  • “There will be a new travel form and new procedures all focused on allowing us to know who’s traveling. I think most importantly to gather key information to allow us to contact you. It’s a new health screening process that will become part of our overall process to ensure that travel is safe between islands.”

Hawaii’s COVID-19 status

  • Hawaii has had 685 positive coronavirus tests.
  • There are reportedly 46 active cases, per KHON2.