Today is the second day of Governor David Ige's mandatory, 14-day quarantine for all individuals who have flown into the State of Hawai'i. The final passenger counts from yesterday clearly indicate a staggering reduction in arrivals, especially in visitor arrivals.
In short: this is working.
1589 passengers flew into Hawai'i yesterday. Of these, only 268 were visitors. This breaks down to roughly 15% of all statewide arrivals being visitors. To further contextualize this data, you can look back to March 2019 where you will see that, over the course of the entire month, Hawai'i tallied more than 927,000 visitor arrivals. This equates to roughly 30,000 visitor arrivals each day. To have reduced this number to 268 is clear evidence that the various measures enacted to slow COVID-19 are effective and must remain in place for the time being.
In other news, HLTA staff has been reaching out to our members around the state. While the news that a property is suspending operations never sits well with any of us, I have been bolstered by the numerous reports of our members doing what they can to support their teams. From distributing care packages of groceries, to honoring scheduled promotions, to continuing to make payroll each week, to striving to maintain their benefits, I have never been more proud to see our industry, and our community, pull together and lift each other up as we face COVID-19 together. Each of these acts of compassion and kindness is a glaring reminder that the spirit of aloha is alive and well.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the HLTA staff if we may be of service to you during these uncertain times.
Links & Resources
Local COVID-19 Media Coverage
"Local healthcare workers fear they can't protect loved ones," KITV4, March 25, 2020
"Hawaii's visitor industry is ready to help with coronavirus crisis," March 26, 2020
"2 arrested, 70 cited for violating stay-at-home orders, Honolulu police say," March 26, 2020
"State: random calls can be made to make sure visitors who just arrived are quarantined in hotel rooms," KHON2, March 26, 2020
"Arriving passengers face 14 days of mandatory self-isolation, based on the honor system," March 27, 2020
HLTA Communications from this Week
State Sets up Call Center to Provide Assistance for Unemployment Claimants - March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update - March 25, 2020
Hotel Quarantine Procedures - March 25, 2020
COVID-19 Update - March 26, 2020
As you all know, the past week has been a whirlwind of developments as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to take shape. In Hawai'i especially, the situation has begun to deteriorate with a spike in positive tests and stringent edicts called for by Governor David Ige as well as multiple county mayors. While I understand the impossible position that closures and dining restrictions put on our membership and the overall Hawai'i business community, I also believe it is critical that our government act decisively and prudently to slow the spread of COVID-19.
As the former Mayor of Honolulu, I recognize the impossible decisions that many of our public officials have been forced to make, and I have always believed that the health and safety of our residents is of paramount importance. But what we want our public officials and the community to know is the aloha and compassion that we have towards all of our employees during these challenging times. They all have families and loved ones that are dependent on them so it is with a heavy heart that some of these decisions to cope with the “new normal" are being made.
We, therefore, ask our federal, state, and county government officials as they announce their intentions and initiatives to contain and eradicate coronavirus in our state, that they share with us their plans to provide additional relief to our displaced co-workers in the short term and start revealing their plans to help businesses and employers rebound and recover as quickly as possible. We are prepared to do our part to partner with government to ensure that our economy will recover from this downturn so that we can return and be once again one of the largest employers of private sector jobs in Hawaii.
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