MPD just arrested a Maui Hawaii woman for violating quarantine rules. She did not have a negative pre-travel Covid-19 test and refused to provide the address and contact number for the location where she would be completing quarantine.
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42-year-old Patricia Baker was arrested after she flew home from O’ahu and did not have a negative pre-travel Covid-19 test.
“She also refused to provide the address and contact number for the location at which she would complete the mandatory ten-day travel quarantine,” a Maui Police Department (MPD) release read.
MPD states that Baker left the airport screening area and instead headed to baggage claim where she was detained by airport police. She was then transported to the Wailuku Police Station. Baker posted her bail set at $2,000 and was released from police custody.
If you’re fully vaccinated, you may not need to get a COVID-19 test before traveling to Hawaii this summer. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said Hawaii is planning to modify its rules for entering the state around the July 4 holiday. The exact date hasn’t yet been set.
Starting on May 11, Green said, Hawaii is loosening up restrictions on interisland travel to those who have been vaccinated in Hawaii and are fully vaccinated. That means it’s been two weeks since their second Pfizer or Moderna dose, or two weeks since receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“That program will evolve and apply to the mainland” in July, Green said.
After that, in what Green called “Phase 3,” Hawaii plans to reopen to international tourists. He didn’t specify a target date.
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Since December 2020, travelers have been required to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and show proof of a negative result, or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. This “Safe Travels” program” reducing COVID-19 cases from travel by 88% in the state, Green said.
Those who don’t want to or cannot be vaccinated will still have the option to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. For example, children under 16 who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine will still need a negative test even if their parents are vaccinated.
Green said Hawaii expects to reach herd immunity sometime around the July 4 weekend based on the pace of its vaccine rollout.
“As we’re safer and you’re safer, then that vaccine passport makes all the sense in the world, ” the lieutenant governor said.
Tourism is already at 65% of normal levels in Hawaii, he said, and they’re gearing up for even more travel during the peak summer season.
“We actually had more tourists than we could believe in the year leading up to COVID, we topped over 10 million people. But we love tourists,” said Green. “We will be ready.”
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