Hawaii Governor Ige has just said that starting July 8, no testing or quarantine will be required for those fully vaccinated. This was announced at a press conference held in Honolulu. The exemption is for those vaccinated in all US states and territories. Others had been calling for a date certain, rather than waiting for the 60% fully vaccinated residents, that the governor had been most recently indicating as the benchmark for this change. Under pressure, today’s change was announced prior to achieving the actual 60% goal.
Other Hawaii Safe Travels protocols will remain in force.
Hawaii arrivals still must upload proof of vaccination to the state’s Safe Travels website. They should also bring a copy of their vaccination card with them
Those who have not been fully vaccinated, including children age 5 and above, must still comply with pre-travel testing in order to avoid quarantine.
At the same time, Ige announced that social gatherings can increase to 25 people indoors (previously 10) and 75 people outdoors (previously 20) throughout the state.
Restaurants opening up too.
Restaurants will also now be able to have 75% of normal capacity, up from 50%.
What’s the next step?
Ige remains focused on the 70% fully vaccinated resident mark as the time when the state will cease all COVID-19 restrictions. It is not clear, however, that Hawaii will be able to achieve that goal.
He said that at that point, “The Safe Travels program will end, and we will invite everyone to be able to travel to our islands.” We read that to mean at that point, international travel will resume.