HONOLULU (KHON2) — Gov. David Ige made some big announcements on the vaccination incentives and statewide travel goals on Friday.
All inter-county travel restrictions will end on June 15, as the state anticipates reaching its goal of 55% fully vaccinated residents by mid-June. That means inter-county travelers, even if they’re unvaccinated, will no longer be subjected to testing and quarantine rules.
Also starting June 15, people who have been fully vaccinated in Hawaii will be able to travel to the mainland and return to the islands without having to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test. Travelers must still wait until the 15th day since their last shot to be eligible.
When the state reaches a 60% vaccination rate, those vaccinated in the U.S. who are traveling domestically will be able to bypass the testing and quarantine requirement with proof of vaccination through the state’s Safe Travels program.
Ige said if the state achieves a 70% vaccination rate, all travel restrictions will be lifted and the Safe Travels program will end. Restrictions on businesses and the indoor mask mandate will also be dropped. As of Friday, 52% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated.
“The evidence is clear there are fewer COVID cases among those who have been vaccinated, and it’s true the virus continues to circulate in our community among people who have not been vaccinated,” Ige said at Washington Place on Friday.
The governor has designated June designated as “#HIGotVaccinated Month,” as the state pushes a number of incentives to get more people vaccinated. Businesses statewide are offering discounts and prize giveaways throughout the month.
If you have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot of Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, you are eligible to enter from any island in Hawaii. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on June 30. Click here for the list of prizes.
NOTE: The website for the vaccination incentives may not work as more people begin to register. Below is a list of prizes and discounts being offered.
The state will also increase its vaccination sites across all islands.
“In June alone, we’ll have 300 locations across the state to get vaccinated at beaches, malls, farmers markets, churches, and the Department of Health (DOH) and our partners will increase outreach to communities,” said DOH health director Dr. Elizabeth Char.
“The goal is to break down barriers and make it as easy as possible to get people vaccinated with these safe vaccines,” said Healthcare Association of Hawaii CEO Hilton Raethel.
Last week, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said he submitted a modified emergency order to Gov. David Ige to move the County into Tier 4 of its reopening strategy, which would allow bars and restaurants to accommodate parties of up to 25 people. Tier 4 would also allow nightlife and dance clubs to operate under special requirements. The full details on those restrictions have yet to be released by the mayor’s office, and Ige has not approved his request.
Although the outdoor mask mandate was lifted last week, the indoor rules remain the same.
Additional announcements are expected next week when the governor issues a 21st emergency proclamation for COVID-19.
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