New plan to allow Hawaii County travelers to skip quarantine won’t require a pre-test
HONOLULU (KHON2) — Over 10,000 people traveled throughout the state on Thursday, which was the start of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program.
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This includes over 8,000 people who flew into the state from the mainland. There were also hundreds of residents who took advantage of the pre-travel testing for inter-island travel to Maui County and Kauai County.
Hawaii County is also coming up with its own option.
Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said that he is currently drafting a plan to allow inter-island travelers to skip quarantine, but the program would work much differently than the other counties.
Unlike the pre-travel testing program, a pre-test at least 72 hours before traveling to the Big Island isn’t required.
He said that people will have to take a PCR test. They will be temporarily allowed out of quarantine to get tested at a site of their choice. Once tested, visitors must return to quarantine until the county receives their results.
“As soon as we can confirm that you’re cleared, you’re off quarantine. So, it’s very probable that the most you’ll stay in quarantine is just one night,” said Mayor Kim.
Mayor Kim said that visitors will have to pay for their own tests. He also added that he will be sending the draft of the plan to the governor on either Sunday or Monday.
Meanwhile, Maui County is making some changes to its travel rules. People traveling to ...
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