Hawaii to Institute Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Visitors as well as Returning Residents

By Jesse Sokolow on 22 March 2020
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Hawaii’s governor said late Saturday that, in an attempt to slow down community spread of the novel coronavirus in the archipelago state, the state will institute a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors and residents arriving in the state.

Terming it an “extreme action,” Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, stopped short of shutting down flights in and out of the island, a position advocated by some politicians there.

The quarantine for visitors and returning residents will begin on Thursday

The move comes as the number of confirmed cases in Hawaii increased overnight from 37 to 48. Of the 37, health officials said that 35 came about as the result of travel outside the Hawaiian Islands.

“We need to come together as a community to fight this virus,” the governor said at a press conference, adding that the quarantine rule would be in effect indefinitely.

The quarantine will not apply to inter-island travel, only to mainland and international flights. It will not apply to emergency responders nor to flight crew.  Visitors to Hawaii would be responsible for any costs they incur due to the quarantine. The penalty of breaking quarantine would be a $5,000 fine and one year in jail.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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