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Hawaii Governor Says 'Now could be Not a Good Time' to Go to State

Because the variety of confirmed coronavirus instances in Hawaii continues to rise, Governor David Ige is looking on all residents and guests to delay all non-essential journey by way of the top of October 2021.

In accordance with Reuters.com, Governor Ige revealed expanded restrictions on restaurant capacities and restricted entry to rental vehicles, informing potential vacationers that visiting the tropical paradise now wouldn’t present the standard Hawaii trip expertise.

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“Our hospitals are reaching capability and our ICUs are filling up,” Governor Ige mentioned at a media briefing on Monday. “Now is just not a superb time to journey to Hawaii.”

“It’s going to take six to seven weeks to see important change within the variety of COVID instances,” Ige continued. “It’s a dangerous time to be touring proper now. Everybody, residents and guests alike, ought to scale back journey to important enterprise actions solely.”

Governor Ige additionally voiced his help for Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, who just lately introduced that indoor gatherings within the metropolis could be restricted to only 10 individuals, whereas outside occasions could be restricted to 25.

Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO John De Fries mentioned that total customer arrival numbers usually decline within the fall, however those that plan to go to the islands within the coming weeks ought to take into account suspending.

“Our neighborhood, residents and the customer trade are chargeable for working collectively to deal with this disaster,” De Fries mentioned. “As such, we’re strongly advising guests that now is just not the fitting time to journey, and they need to postpone their journeys by way of the top of October.”

The surge in COVID-19 infections has precipitated state officers to ponder a return to harder restrictions on vacationers, together with obligatory testing for vaccinated home vacationers, based on Lieutenant Governor Josh Inexperienced.

Lieutenant Governor Inexperienced mentioned the state is contemplating all attainable choices to mitigate the outbreak, together with requiring proof of vaccination at gyms, eating places and different public locations, in addition to implementing curfews to scale back actions that would additional pressure native hospitals.

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