Letter to Governor Ige
Yesterday afternoon, we sent another letter to Governor Ige requesting amendments to the current requirements of the State's pre-arrival testing program which now requires that travelers have their negative test results in hand before departure if they are to avoid the mandatory 10-day quarantine once arriving in Hawai'i.
The letter, which was signed by twenty-two different organizations representing private business, trade organizations, and labor, suggested the following:
Our communication to Governor Ige specifically focused on both the current economic strife being felt around our state, as well as the negative social effects caused by the pandemic. While it may be years before we truly understand these social impacts, it is clear that families are struggling in myriad ways and a surefire path to ease this suffering is to provide local workers with a means to earn a living while also maintaining their health and safety. We wholeheartedly believe that restoring our tourism economy and making travel to our state easy for tourists is the most expedient way to accomplish this.
Mahalo to the following organizations for joining us as signatories on this letter:
Governor Ige signed his 17th emergency proclamation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday afternoon. Most notably, this update and extension to his emergency orders reduces the mandatory quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days in accordance with the CDC's most recent guidance.
It is also important to remember that Governor Ige's current emergency orders requires that all operating hotels are required to adopt a COVID-19 health and safety plan that must also be submitted to the Hawai'i Tourism Authority. As a reminder, HLTA members may use our Health, Safety, & Security Standards as their submitted plan. It is critical that we are all up-to-date and complying with the State's mandates.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and safety plan, please feel free to contact our offices at any time.
Have a great weekend,
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