Hawaii Gov. David Ige mentioned Friday that the state will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 testing necessities for travelers as soon as 70% of the state’s inhabitants has been vaccinated towards the illness. Hawaii may also carry its requirement that individuals put on masks indoors as soon as that stage has been reached, he mentioned.
The state Division of Well being web site mentioned 59% of Hawaii’s inhabitants has had at the very least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52% completed their dosing routine.
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 mentioned that is as a result of Hawaii’s numbers are extra correct. She mentioned 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 have to present proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at taken earlier than departure for the islands.
As soon as 60% of Hawaii’s inhabitants is vaccinated, Ige mentioned, the state will permit vacationers to bypass a quarantine requirement so long as they will show they had been vaccinated within the U.S.
Restrictions on journey between the islands will open up earlier than that.
Ige mentioned that as of June 15, individuals will be capable to fly inter-island with out taking a COVID-19 take a look at or exhibiting 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 and 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 mentioned 500 individuals signed up for prizes within the first hour.