After an increase in coronavirus cases on the U.S. mainland, Hawaii’s Governor, David Ige, is putting a halt to its pre-testing COVID 19 visitors program through September 1.
Today I announced the delay of the launch of the pre-travel testing program for incoming travelers to begin on Sept. 1. This means all travelers entering the State of Hawai‘i will be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine until 9/1.https://t.co/dHAmKhGomJ
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) July 14, 2020
The island state had planned to introduce a pre-testing program on August 1, which would have allowed visitors to sidestep the two-week quarantine period by producing proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Now, that program will be delayed.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make. This delay will further hurt our economy, but as I’ve always said – we will make decisions based on the best available science and facts prioritizing the health and safety of Hawai‘i residents,” Gov. Ige said in a statement. “Our county mayors and I agree, this delay is essential to protect our community.”