The state of Hawaii will allow people arriving from out of state to skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine if they test negative for Covid-19, Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday.
The new program begins October 15.
The mandatory quarantine has been in effect since March, crippling the state’s critical tourism industry. “I worry about the long-term impacts of economic stress,” said Lt. Gov. Josh Green, who joined the news conference by videoconference because he is recovering from Covid-19.
The test must be taken within 72 hours of travel. If the test results are not in by the time a traveler arrives in Hawaii, they must begin their quarantine until a negative result is returned.
“Keeping the window as tight as we can is best for Hawaii to reduce the risk,” Green said.
The state will only accept a nucleic acid amplification test processed by a certified lab, which Green says typically costs more than $100 if it is not covered by insurance.