Hawaii Reopening Delayed until October

Forget your Hawaiian vacation until at least October. Today, the governor of Hawaii announced the lifting of the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state will be delayed until at least October 1, effectively pushing back the earliest possible reopening date.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Ige said the program was being pushed back until at least Oct. 1

Ka'ena Point State Park

I myself had a trip planned for September, which unfortunately is not going to happen now. 

The Beat of Hawaii has some shared their two cents on the failure of the Hawaii Health Department to staff enough contact tracers in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic:

How is it that in the past six months, the health department didn’t prepare, even though there has been talk of better tracing and more staffing throughout? Green says that perhaps 2,000 tracers and volunteers are needed. That will result in a manageable situation, where we “can open up the trans-Pacific travel.” Green said that’s going to take awhile.

While state is still contemplating with reopening ideas such as hotel bubble to geofence guests, it appears September 1 was simply too soon to relax any restrictions, especially with COVID-19 cases spiking on Oahu.