Mufi's Message - August 21, 2020
During the press conference to announce his 12th emergency proclamation, Gov. Ige made clear that this particular proclamation would make resort bubbles a viable possibility in the near future. This would allow both in-state and out-of-state visitors and possibly employees to stay at designated resort properties. If said guest were to try to leave the property, geofencing technology would immediately alert local law enforcement.
The resort bubble concept has received varying amounts of support, concern, and dissent. Despite some initial pushback, both Mayor Kawakami and Mayor Victorino have voiced initial support for this initiative. I believe that resort bubbles represent a positive step forward that would allow hotels to open sooner safely and attract visitors at a critical period of our state’s economic slump. Most importantly, it will put people back to work! As I noted in comments to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, this is not the ultimate solution - transpacific travel is our goal but the latest spikes on Oahu raise questions as whether the new, October 1 opening date is realistic. A key indicator could very well be the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Bubbles also appear to have some appeal with labor. ILWU and Local 5 went on the record yesterday, stating that they would be open to this idea as it would put their membership back at work.
Additionally, resort bubbles would provide participating hotels the opportunity to fine tune their hygiene standards and protocols as well as introduce some new technology and apps in our new normal of doing business.
Enjoy your weekend with your family and loved ones. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions or concerns.
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