Hawaii pushes back start of pretravel testing program

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Hawaii pushes back start of pretravel testing program
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced July 13 that the state will delay the start of a pretravel testing program that will enable visitors to forgo the state's 14-day quarantine requirement.

Citing a rise over the weekend in the state's Covid-19 cases, Ige announced that Hawaii would move the start of its pretesting program from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1.

"On the U.S. mainland we continue to see uncontrolled outbreaks and surges," Ige said. "This includes the highest number of daily cases in California, Texas, Arizona and Florida, and increasing cases in Nevada. As we speak right now, the outbreaks on the mainland are not in control, and we don't believe that that situation would change significantly by Aug. 1 as we had hoped."

"We want to welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future," said Chris Tatum, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. "Once we receive details on the process and requirements from the Department of Transportation and the [Department of Health], we will share that information with the visitor industry." 

Under the program, visitors who present proof that they have tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival in Hawaii can skip the state's mandatory 14-day quarantine. Visitors under quarantine cannot visit public spaces, rent cars or use hotel pools, spas, gyms, restaurants or bars.

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