House Speaker Scott Saiki plans to present a bill that would make travel to Hawaii simpler when the state’s House of Representatives reconvenes on January 20.
The proposition would require transoceanic explorers to give confirmation of a solitary negative COVID-19 test outcome taken inside three days of appearance paying little mind to which island they’re visiting.
“Travel is a big part of our statewide economy, and in order for all of us to benefit from travel all of the counties have to be on board,” Saiki said.
“We cannot be creating exemptions. If you do that, it disrupts this statewide system,” he added, alluding to the island of Kauai quitting the state’s pre-travel testing program a month ago.
Kauai has since selected once more into the program, permitting between island explorers with a pre-test to enter in the event that they’ve been in the state for three days.
In the interim, transoceanic explorers can partake in Kauai’s hotel bubble program that incorporates a pre-travel test, three-day isolate and post-appearance test.
While the proposition is welcome information for explorers, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has communicated worry that a uniform travel strategy wouldn’t take into account adaptable reaction.
“I do think that flexibility is important, and we do see very different conditions in each of the counties,” Ige said.
“For example. Kauai has the fewest hospital beds and ICU units, so they definitely are concerned about any kind of increase in cases, because it can very easily overwhelm the hospitals there. You know, versus Oahu, which we do have thousands of hospital rooms here, and definitely can handle more cases.”
“The current system, as it exists, does allow me to issue statewide orders that impact everyone, but also allows the flexibility that we can take appropriate action in each of the counties to respond to what we see happening in the community.”
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