|Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth praises the new Vaccination Travel Protocol Program that will allow no-test, |
no-quarantine interisland travel for those fully vaccinated beginning May 11. Photo from the Governor's Office
TRAVELING INTERISLAND WITHOUT A COVID-19 TEST or quarantine upon arrival will be allowed starting May 11, with the portal to apply for the exemption opening May 7, according to today's announcement from the state. The exemption requires interisland travelers to be fully vaccinated before travel, meaning the final vaccination has to be received at least 15 days before traveling to a Neighbor Island in order to avoid a COVID test or quarantine. The City and County of Honolulu does not have an interisland travel quarantine order.
Travelers must continue to monitor for symptoms and must follow local county regulations – wearing a mask, physical distancing and hygiene practices, said the statement from the state.
Gov. David Ige also announced that the trans-pacific continental U.S. program is still in development and may begin this summer, and the international program is set to begin later this year.
The Vaccination Travel Protocol Program was unveiled today by the governor, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara and county mayors. They announced that travelers who arrive in Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi counties before they are fully vaccinated or before the 15th day after the completion of their vaccination, will be placed into mandatory quarantine for the full ten days, unless they meet the criteria for other exceptions (pre-travel testing and CISA).
|Gov. David Ige announces interisland travel without pre-testing and|
quarantine for vaccinated travelers. Photo from Office of the Governor
The governor said, "Together, we made the decision to start with an inter-county travel program for those vaccinated in the State of Hawaiʻi, because we are able to verify the information. This phased approach will allow us to assess the impacts of the program to our pre-departure document check program and screening procedures. Most importantly, we'll be able to assess any impact to our virus transmission rates and healthcare facilities. As always, our number one priority is the health and safety of Hawaiʻi's people."
Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth said, "We are islands separated by miles of ocean but yet closely connected by friends, family, and a shared sense of community. This is why we are so excited to work alongside the Governor and other mayors to begin safely reconnecting our families from Hilo to Hanalei and everywhere in between. For us, this is a step toward normal, and we are prepared to continue supporting the State as we combat the virus and begin reopening – together."
Vaccinated individuals traveling inter-county will need to:Provide a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with name, birthdate, type of vaccine, date(s) vaccine was administered and lot number(s) for each vaccine dose.
Create an online account and register with the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Hawaiʻi web program.
Affirm that they are fully vaccinated, and that the uploaded CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is accurate and authentic. Upload a PDF file or digital image of a properly filled CDC Vaccination Record Card to the Safe Travels Hawaiʻi web program. Bring a digital image as well as the original CDC Vaccination Record Card in case asked to produce it.
|Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the vaccine exemption may not be necessary after the U.S. population|
reaches herd immunity. Photo from Office of the Governor
At this time, the State of Hawai'i is accepting only the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or a printout from the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS). Vaccinated individuals who did not receive the CDC card or VAMS printout, must return to the provider that administered their vaccination, for a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. State or territory Department of Health issued cards will not be accepted.
Travelers 16 and 17 who are fully vaccinated should follow the vaccination verification requirements for adults.
|Hawai`i is a US Climate Action state.|
The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed on June 1, 2017 by a small group of U.S. governors committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement in response to the previous federal administration's decision to withdraw the United States from this international accord. Since then, the Alliance has rapidly grown to include a sizable and bipartisan group of governors from states across the country representing 55 percent of the U.S. population, 60 percent of the U.S. economy and nearly 40 percent of U.S. emissions.
A statement from the organization says, "Together, Alliance states have built a foundation of ambitious climate action that provides a durable roadmap for national policy makers and the Biden-Harris Administration. The Alliance is also forging a new state-federal partnership and its states will continue to play an integral role in helping the U.S. achieve the goals of this accord and advance a clean energy transition while supporting impacted workers and communities."
Recent studies have shown that alcohol use has increased since the pandemic began. So far this year, there have been 384 DUI arrests in Hawai‘i County compared to 281 during the same time last year, an increase of 36.7 percent.
A statement from HPD says, "Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely. Locally, 56 of the 237 major accidents on Hawai‘i Island roads thus far this year, (23
percent), have been due to alcohol impairment."
Hawai‘i police remind motorists: "If you see a vehicle that’s driving erratic or appears to be operated by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please call the Hawai‘i Police Department immediately at either 911, in an emergency, or the department’s nonemergency line at (808) 935-3311. It takes our entire community working together to have the greatest impact on making our roads safe."
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