Now that Hawaii’s Protected Travels program and indoor masks mandates have been lifted, we thought it could be attention-grabbing to look again on the lengthy journey it took to get up to now. So we poured by means of our archives to spotlight among the key milestones since March 6, 2020.
March 6, 2020 – First COVID-19 Case
Hawaii recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 6, 2020. The individual was an Oahu resident who had traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which had a extensively reported COVID outbreak. By the top of March, Hawaii had recognized 224 circumstances in complete.
March 17, 2020 – First Restrictions Introduced
Governor Ige held a press convention on March 17, 2020, saying the primary restrictions that might go into impact on March 20, 2020. Closures included parks, theaters, customer sights, church buildings, eating places (aside from takeout) and bars. As well as, in his press convention, Gov. Ige mentioned that he strongly inspired guests to postpone their holidays for at the very least the following 30 days.
March 21, 2020 – Necessary 14-day traveler quarantine introduced.
On March 21, 2020, Gov. Ige introduced a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers. Individuals topic to quarantine weren’t permitted to go away their place of quarantine for your entire 14-day interval. This mandate went into impact on March 26, 2020.
April 17, 2020 – Hawaii closes all seashores.
As a part of the governor’s new restrictions, nobody was allowed to take a seat, stand, lie down, lounge, sunbathe or loiter on the shoreline.
April 26, 2020 – 14-Day journey quarantine expanded to incorporate Hawaii inter-island journey.
Mid-Might 2020 – Island mayors start to reopen seashores.
June 8, 2020 – Most state parks re-open and “passive” seaside use is allowed.
June 16, 2020 – Inter-island quarantine restriction lifted.
June 24, 2020 – Pre-travel program to permit vacationers to bypass quarantine first introduced. Initially to be carried out August 1, 2020, however finally delayed.
August 11, 2020 – Partial inter-island quarantine reinstated.
With a surge in circumstances, notably on Oahu, a partial inter-island 14-day quarantine was put again into place.
October 15, 2020 – Hawaii opens journey with pre-travel testing, i.e., Protected Travels Hawaii program
Initially the state’s Protected Travels program was deliberate to be carried out August 1, 2020. Then they aimed for September 1, then October 1, but it surely wasn’t till October 15 that it was finally implemented. Even then, there have been some last-minute hesitations, however finally all of the islands determined to take part in this system. Although the islands had been opening to tourism, many tours, restaurants, hotels and attractions remained closed for weeks and even months.
November 16, 2020 – Gov. Ige points a brand new emergency proclamation to clarify the statewide mask mandate.
December 4, 2020 – Quarantine interval decreased from 14 days to 10 days.
December 2, 2020 – Kauai opts out of the Safe Travels program, which required necessary 14-day quarantine once more.
December 17, 2020 – For vacationers not collaborating within the pre-travel testing, the necessary quarantine interval decreased from 14 days to 10 days.
January 5, 2021 – Kauai reopens to vacationers, however with new, complex stipulations to reduce quarantine.
April 5, 2021 – Kauai rejoins the statewide Protected Travels program.
Might 25, 2021 – Statewide outside masks mandate lifted.
June 15, 2021 – All inter-island journey restrictions lifted.
June 15, 2021 – Persons vaccinated in Hawaii are no longer required to pre-test when touring to Hawaii so as to bypass quarantine.
July 8, 2021 – Fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to pre-test so as to bypass quarantine.
August 23, 2021 – Governor asks guests to scale back journey to Hawaii.
With Hawaii’s largest surge at the moment, the governor held a press convention asking visitors not to travel to Hawaii for non-essential causes. He described it as a “dangerous time to journey.” He acknowledged that journey must be held off till the top of October.
Word that Kauai and Hawaii (Massive) Island didn’t implement related guidelines.
November 1, 2021 – Governor says visitors welcome back to Hawaii once more.
January 3, 2022 – Quarantine interval decreased from 10 days to five days.
January 2022 – Maui requires proof of booster vaccine for entry to eating places, bars, gyms.
The mayor of Maui originally announced that proof of boosters could be required efficient January 8, 2022, however this requirement was delayed till January 24, 2022. Proof of unfavorable take a look at was additionally accepted for entry. As you will note beneath, this requirement was ultimately dropped within two weeks of being in effect.
January 9, 2022 – The primary cruise ship returns to Hawaii after an almost two-year pause.
February 7, 2022 – Maui drops booster requirement for entry to eating places, bars, gyms, and many others.
February 21, 2022 – Maui drops all vaccine passport or take a look at necessities for entry to eating places, bars, gyms, and many others.
March 6, 2022 – Oahu drops all vaccine passport or take a look at necessities for entry to eating places, bars, gyms., and many others.
March 1, 2022 – Hawaii’s governor broadcasts the Protected Travels program to finish on March 25.
March 8, 2022 – Hawaii’s governor broadcasts the state’s indoor masks mandate to finish on March 25.
March 26, 2022 – No pre-test or vaccine passport required for vacationers to Hawaii. Indoor masks are now not required.
Whew! We’ve all navigated a protracted, arduous COVID restrictions journey these previous two years! As we created this timeline, we had been reminded of how strict measures have been.
Along with what we listed above, there have been different discussions and island-specific guidelines that we didn’t embody within the timeline simply to maintain it cleaner. A couple of value mentioning are:
- Resort bubbles – keep in mind these? They had been fairly controversial.
- Durations of testing upon arrival on Hawaii (Massive) Island and Maui.
- Contact tracing apps.
After reviewing this timeline, did you discover any surprises or stuff you had forgotten about?