HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Starting Thursday March 26th, all visitors and returning residents to Hawaii will be required to complete a mandatory, 14-day quarantine in a push to stop the spread of coronavirus in the islands.
Gov. David Ige announced the new measure Saturday in a news conference at the state Capitol, calling it an “extreme action” that he believed would bring tourism in the islands to a standstill.
Posted by Hawaii News Now on Saturday, March 21, 2020
Here’s how the governor said the mandate would work:
- Visitors would be responsible for any costs associated with quarantine.
- Those who break quarantine would face a $5,000 fine and a year in jail.
- The mandate would not apply to emergency responders and other essential workers, including those who are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. It would also not apply to flight crews.
- Residents would quarantine in their homes.
- The rule would not apply to any of the visitors already in Hawaii.