Hawaii Governor Extends Tourist Ban — Decimates Travel Industry

Hawaii Governor Extends Tourist Ban — Decimates Travel Industry

(TargetLiberty.org) – Hawaii’s hard-pressed tourist industry faced another blow this week. The governor blocked a program that would’ve lifted restrictions on visitors who’ve tested negative for the Wuhan coronavirus. The Pre-Travel Testing Program was due to begin on September 1, and had been eagerly awaited by businesses that rely on tourism.

The plan is to exempt tourists who can show a recent negative COVID test on arrival to bypass the 14-day quarantine requirement that’s devastated the hospitality sector. In a normal year, tourism accounts for a quarter of Hawaii’s economy, but this year, visitor numbers are down by over 98%; nobody wants to spend their vacation quarantined in a hotel room.

Unfortunately for Hawaiians, Governor David Ige (D) thinks the program would be “very difficult” to implement, and he’s pushed it back a month to October 1 “at the earliest.” Hawaii gets visitors year-round, but the majority come in summer and Ige has just killed the last of that critical season.

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