Hawaii to ease testing rules for travelers vaccinated in US

HONOLULU — Hawaii will drop its testing and quarantine rules for fully vaccinated domestic travelers in two weeks.

Gov. David Ige said Thursday the state will drop the current travel restrictions for vaccinated U.S. mainland travelers on July 8.

Those using the quarantine exemption must upload their vaccination cards to a state website and also bring a hard copy while traveling.

The governor said he expects the state will reach a 60% vaccination rate among all residents by that time, a milestone he had previously set for allowing more vaccination travel exemptions.

Restaurants will also be able to seat up to 75% of their capacity on July 8, although social distancing rules between tables will remain, the governor said. Some restaurants have said they cannot increase their capacity with the current distancing rules.

People will still be required to wear masks when gathering indoors. Masks are not required outdoors.

When the state reaches a 70% vaccination rate the governor said he will drop all pandemic-related restrictions.

Ige added that gathering sizes will increase from 10 people to 25 people while gathering indoors and from 25 to 75 people outside.

People who are not vaccinated will continue to be required to get a negative coronavirus test before travel to Hawaii.

  1. I saw a Vampire once June 24, 2021 4:25 pm Reply

    That is the main thing. What ever David Ige says, that shalt thou do. I’m sure many people are placing their trust in David Ige. Summer is here. Anybody have plans for July 4th?

    Surfing maybe? If I was a surfer how would I prepare for July 4th? 1 week in advance diet plan and exercise. Buy my new surf shorts and tank tops and hat and sunscreen. Styling slippahs. Make my dozens of sandwiches on the beach with sodas. An umbrella to cover up while I’m under the sun.

    And I’m set for the whole day. Under the umbrella or sun. That would be my July 4th party. Then wait for a display fireworks show. I think they might be one around the island. I see few people talking. Rich boys too.

    1. Coolio June 28, 2021 7:13 pm Reply

      Not even sure what you said or what you’re talking about other than your disdain for Governor Ige…?

  2. zonypony June 24, 2021 4:34 pm Reply

    I could care less if they want to continue testing or not, just open restaurants to full capacity, hire more people and get rid of the masks. I think those that wanted to get vaccinated did. Hawaii needs the tourism dollars to support small family run businesses, don’t limit the residents of Hawaii from making money for their families

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