Gov. Ige announced that Hawaii will delay the pre-travel test reopening plan until September 1, 2020 in a press conference on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The pre-travel testing plan was originally due to start August 1, 2020, but leaders and lawmakers want another month. This plan was designed to allow visitors to bypass the 14-day quarantine requirements with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. The new date for implementing this plan is September 1, 2020.
The pre-travel testing plan was only just announced less than three weeks ago. So, what has changed? From what we gather, the reasons are that Hawaii cases surging to all-time highs and mainland cases are surging in certain states. Additionally, we’ve heard conflicting information about whether or not Hawaii has sufficient contact-tracing and testing capabilities with trans-Pacific travel opening. The possibility of Hawaii opening schools in August combined with all the other factors has made leaders rethink the original pre-travel testing program start date.
The mandatory 14-day quarantine will also be extended through at least the end of August for all visitors and residents arriving from outside the state of Hawaii.
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Brief update: Per Gov. Ige, the plan details will be published sometime in August.