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Hawai‘i Governor Asks Tourists to Stay Home Amid Delta Surge

By Associated Press

Aug 25, 2021

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Governor David Ige wants to limit visitors to Hawai‘i but he has not reinstated a travel quarantine.

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Hawai‘i’s governor is urging residents and potential visitors to limit travel to the islands to essential business while the state struggles to control outbreaks of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Governor David Ige wants to curtail travel to Hawai‘i through the end of October. In his words, “It is a risky time to be traveling right now.”

He says restaurant capacity has been restricted and there is limited access to rental cars.

But Ige is stopping short of last year’s strict travel rules that required quarantining and essentially shut down Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. He notes the CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel domestically.

Hawai‘i’s seven-day average of new daily cases hit 671 on Monday, more than triple the level four weeks earlier.

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