Gov. extends COVID-19 emergency period; quarantine changes made for travel around, into Hawaii

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a ninth supplementary emergency proclamation that extends the state’s COVID-19 emergency period through July 31.

Gov. Ige held a conference on Wednesday to discuss the proclamation but focused on the state’s plans for the 14-day quarantine order for inter-island and out-of-state travel, as well as new airport procedures.

The governor said that the quarantine order for inter-island travel will be lifted on June 16.

“We know how important it is to restore travel between the islands. The state is ready. It really is an opportunity to reunite families and to allow all of us to travel inter-island, to engage our relatives and friends across the state,” said Gov. Ige.

There will, however, be new procedures for inter-island travel. The governor said that before departure, passengers leaving the airport will have to go through thermal screening.

Anyone with a temperature of over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to board the plane. This procedure will be implemented on the same day the quarantine order is lifted.

Also on the list is a new travel form.

“There will be a new travel form and new procedures all focused on allowing us to know who’s traveling. I think most importantly to gather key information to allow us to contact you. It’s a new health screening process that will become part of our overall process to ensure that travel is safe between islands,” Gov. Ige said.

As for those coming into Hawaii from out-of-state, the quarantine order has been extended through the end of July.

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“We know that we need to create a new process of travel that is multi-layered,” said Gov. Ige. “We’re not counting on a specific component but a system of layered screening that will reduce the risk. it includes screening upon arrival, temperature screening, health screening…”

The state is also looking at travel corridors for international travel to Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

The state’s Department of Transportation plans to install thermal temperature scanners and other equipment that will be used to screen passengers at the airports in Honolulu, Kahului, Kona, Hilo, and Lihue.

But the department still needs to select a company.

HDOT Director Tim Sakahara says that they kicked off a pilot program that will have five participating technology companies. In this program, the five companies will install their temperature screening equipment and facial recognition cameras at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Equipment installation will begin next week and the program will continue through June 26.

“This will allow us to see how the system works in real-time. We will study the capability and the functionality of both the thermal screening and the facial recognition technology, the cost innovation, and also consider other factors such as local support that is available,” said Sakahara.

By the end of the program, the HDOT will have the companies submit their costs and final proposals. The state will then take about a week to make their decision.

Once the HDOT settles on a company and the agreement is finalized, the state will launch in a three-phase plan:

  • Phase 1: Thermal scanners installed at arriving gates of Trans-Pacific flights statewide by mid-July
  • Phase 2: Thermal scanners installed at all gates by July 31
  • Phase 3: Facial recognition equipment installed by December 31

Another major addition in the proclamation is the extension of the eviction moratorium through July 31.

The criminal liability for hosts of guests who violate quarantine requirements or owners of cars that are rented to quarantine violators was added as well.

Also included is the elimination of prohibitions related to beaches, boating, hiking and shoreline fishing, as these activities are being addressed through the counties in coordination with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Wednesday’s COVID-19 count reports four new positive cases. All four new cases are from the Honolulu County.

[RELATED: 4 new cases of COVID-19 plus one removed puts state total at 685]

After updating DOH testing information, one case previously reported for Honolulu County was removed from the total case count. The state’s total is now 685.

Of the 685 total positive tests, 46 are active cases. The DOH reported 64,501 test results have been received as of June 9.


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