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Visitors are facing new travel restrictions for Hawaii

Hawaii tourism

One of the busiest travel and tourism destination in the United States is Hawaii, known as the Aloha State. With close to 30,000 daily arrivals, hotels are full and COVID-19 infections are spreading like never before.

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New travel restrictions for Hawaii (updated)

  1. Hawaii has been going through its highest numbers of COVID infection since the begin of the pandemic. This high number is despsite the fact that 60.8% of the State’s population is fully vaccinated.
  2. Record numbers of domestic visitors arrive every day in the Aloha State, keeping hotels, shops and restaurants full.
  3. Why would so many people want to visit Hawaii. Even the Hawaii Tourism Authority doesn’t know and keeps quiet, trying to find ways to discourage tourists to travel to the Aloha State.

COVID infection rates are currently out of control in the US State of Hawaii – and this is worrisome.

“We need to really lower our case counts now through Labor Day, otherwise there will be an unnecessary and tragic loss of life,” Green said in a Facebook and Instagram post this morning.

Lt. Governor Green was echoed by Hawaii Governor David Ige who indicated a re-introduction of restrictions may be in the pipeline. He said an announcement could be made by Friday. Expected restrictions could lower the number of people allowed to meet, at events, hanging out at beaches, restaurants, and shops.

In the worst scenario, it could force venues to close again.

Click here for an update and to learn what Governor Ige decided and current measures in place to bring down the virus count.

This is bad news for a booming tourism industry currently in the State. While closed for international travel, domestic tourism has been higher now compared to pre-covid numbers.

Even with the enormous increase in infection numbers, the fatality rate has been low so far.

On Sunday one person died and 437 cases were recorded, and 9 more people were hospitalized bringing the hospitalization count to 2848.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,784,678 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Sunday, up 10,118 from Friday. Health officials say that 60.8% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 68.3% have received at least one dose.

Visitors have to pass the Safe Travel program before being allowed to enter Hawaii.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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  • So you have exactly the same pattern of infections as Texas which is dramatically different in lockdown and masking– so you think it will make a difference if you start being more restrictive? Maybe someone should understand science. We are on the verge of cancelling a big family trip in January to Hawaii– That would be over 20,000 into the local economy– wonder how many other people are thinking the same thing?

  • Let’s all come back to the table and decide as a whole to get back to handwashing, and sanitizing but even more so, taking extra precautions and maintaining distance. True to note: get more greens and herbs and spices into diet, get in the sun and exercise. Keep each other in prayers, and let Us turn our lives back to God in full reverence of who He is and ask God who sent His SON JESUS to die for us, to also save us. If we would humble ourselves before Him, turn from our wi led ways and seek His face, then would he hear from heaven and would forgive our sins and heal our lands. Man has a bigger part to play in God’s unity. God bless America~ Hawaii and all parts of the earth.
    Let’s fight this together✓!

  • Restrictions won’t help. Hawaii was closed for many months and virus still survived. Same as other viruses. Needle or mask won’t prevent you from getting sick, eating healthy and exercising will do a better job… but to be true, your days are numbered by God, Noone can prolong their life. He is sovereign and not even one hair falls from your head without his permission.

  • Based on the data, it’s my understanding the spike in Covid cases are mainly due to Hawaiian residents traveling and brining it back home.