Hawaii’s governor says the state will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 testing necessities for vacationers as soon as 70% of the state’s inhabitants has been vaccinated in opposition to the illness
The state is utilizing its figures, and never these offered by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, to calculate thresholds for lifting restrictions. Well being Division Director Dr. Libby Char stated that is as a result of Hawaii’s numbers are extra correct. She stated it seems the CDC has been counting a few of Hawaii’s doses twice.
Proper now, vacationers arriving from out of state should spend 10 days in quarantine or, to bypass that quarantine, they need to present proof of a destructive COVID-19 check taken earlier than departure for the islands.
As soon as 60% of Hawaii’s inhabitants is vaccinated, Ige stated, the state will permit vacationers to bypass a quarantine requirement so long as they will show they have been vaccinated within the U.S.
Restrictions on journey between the islands will open up earlier than that.
Ige stated that as of June 15, individuals will be capable to fly interisland with out taking a COVID-19 check or displaying proof of vaccination. Additionally on that date, those that have been vaccinated in Hawaii might bypass quarantine when getting back from a visit out of state.
To encourage extra individuals to get vaccinated, the state introduced it launched an internet site HIGotVaccinated.com the place vaccinated individuals can enter to win prizes and find out about reductions at native retailers and eating places.
Among the many offers: A $3 bag of Zippy’s chili for individuals who present their vaccination card. Among the many prizes are 100,000 frequent flyer miles from Hawaiian Airways.
So many individuals went to the web site after the state introduced its existence that the positioning crashed. Well being Division spokesman Brooks Baehr stated 500 individuals signed up for prizes within the first hour.