Everybody is talking about the reopening of Hawaii, but what does it even mean? Does reopen Hawaii mean everything will go back to normal? Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Activities, Tours, Events, everything will just go back to how it was before Covid-19? NO! So what does reopen Hawaii mean?
Hawaii was NEVER closed!
First things first – Hawaii was NEVER closed. Hawaii was and is still open. Flights are coming in every day. “Reopening Hawaii” only means, the 14 day quarantine will be lifted for travellers coming to Hawaii. This was planned for August first. It was pushed back to September first.
Reopen Hawaii – What does it even mean?
Reopening Hawaii means the Pre-Travel Testing Program will be in place. Once it is launched, the pre-travel testing program will be an important part of the state’s multi-layered screening process to protect residents and visitors. Some new details include:
- Travelers will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine if they test negative after taking a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours in advance of travel.
- The test must be a nucleic acid amplification test or NAAT test conducted at a CLIA-certified laboratory.
- If test results are not available by the time of arrival in Hawaiʻi, the traveler will remain in quarantine until their test results are received. If the test results are negative and can be verified, the traveler will then be exempt from the quarantine.
- All travelers are subject to the pre-test requirement, including children of all ages.
- Travelers are responsible for the cost of the test.
- No commercial testing will be provided at Hawaiʻi airports.
Long story short, reopening Hawaii basically means, the safety measures have to be proven and in place. Reopen Hawaii at this point means nothing more than lifting the 14 day quarantine for visitors, if the can provide a negative Covid-19 test.
When will Hawaii reopen?
With cases spiking on the US Mainland the reopening of Hawaii will take longer. Hawaii usually gets a lot of visitors from California. The fact that cases are skyrocketing there at the moment proofs, Hawaii can’t open. If Hawaii opens up for the US Mainland we would import Coronavirus cases and put people at risk. Until then, Waikiki will stay as empty and SPOOKY as you can see in the video.