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Hawaii Requiring All New Arrivals to Quarantine

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Violation of the new quarantine order is considered a misdemeanor.

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Violation of the new quarantine order is considered a misdemeanor.

Everyone arriving on the islands—visitors and residents—will be subject to a mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine.

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In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, Hawaii Governor David Ige issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine order over the weekend for all individuals arriving or returning to the state of Hawaii, which goes into effect on Thursday, March 26.

The order—the first of its kind within the United States—applies to both domestic and international arrivals.

All visitors and residents arriving at Hawaii’s airports will be asked to complete a State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture declaration form. On that form they will include the location where they plan to stay during their quarantine. They will provide that form at a checkpoint where they will also be presented with information about the mandatory requirements for the 14-day quarantine along with its corresponding penalties—failure to comply is considered a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or up to one year of jail time, or both.

After leaving the airport, visitors and residents are to proceed directly to their designated quarantine location, where they are to remain for 14 days (or for the duration of their stay in Hawaii, whichever is shorter). For residents, the designated quarantine location should be their home. For visitors, designated quarantine locations are their hotel room or vacation rental. According to the governor’s decree, you can only leave your designated quarantine location for medical emergencies or to seek medical care.

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During self-quarantine, residents and visitors are not to go to any public spaces, including pools, fitness centers, and restaurants. Visitors other than a physician or healthcare provider are not permitted (anyone else must be authorized by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency).

Similar to other states, Hawaii is asking those who become ill with a fever or cough to continue to stay in their designated quarantine location, avoid contact with others and contact a healthcare provider for further instructions on treatment or testing.

“These actions are extreme, but they will help flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for a quicker recovery. We need everyone to comply with these quarantine orders to help protect Hawaii’s residents,” stated Ige.

In response, Hawaiian Airlines is maintaining its regular flight schedule through Wednesday, March 25, after which it will begin suspending most of its North America and international flights for the remainder of March. It will continue with one daily nonstop flight between Honolulu and Los Angeles (LAX) and one weekly flight between Honolulu and American Samoa.

The carrier will also be reducing its interisland schedule, starting with the suspension of service between Honolulu and Kapalua in West Maui as of March 25. Hawaiian Airlines said that its interisland cargo service will continue uninterrupted.

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