In a press conference on August 18, 2020, Governor Ige announced the delay of the pre-travel testing program to open Hawaii’s tourism. The pre-travel testing program was originally due to begin August 1. Then it was delayed to September 1. The new start date is October 1 at the earliest. The delay is due to the surging cases of COVID-19, particularly on Oahu.
For anyone who travels to Hawaii from outside of the state prior to the start of the pre-travel testing program, they must quarantine for 14 days. For details of the quarantine orders, see this link to the Hawaii Tourism Authority alerts page.
The same press conference included new restrictions on Oahu. Effective on Oahu for 28 days starting August 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
- Beaches, parks and trails will remain closed.
- No gatherings of more than five people either indoors (including private residences) or outdoors on Oahu.
- Masks required – including indoor and outdoor shopping malls
- Work from home, if possible
- Restaurants, malls, shops, churches (without singing or wind instruments), gyms and other service are allowed to stay open as long as they police themselves and members/customers to wear masks.
Per Hawaii’s Director of Health, new cases are largely accountable due to gatherings without wearing masks or physical distancing. Many of the new cases resulted in people who attended gatherings, then proceeded to work while ill.