Visitors to Hawaii need to follow Covid-19 quarantine rules or go back home

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  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Hawaii law enforcement authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, jetskiing, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving. - AP

Visitors to Hawaii in the United States who violate orders to self-quarantine could be sent back to the airport to fly right back home.

The draw of Hawaii's paradisical beaches and lush rainforests are too strong for some visitors, it seems. So far, the government of Hawaii says US$25,000 (RM107,500) has been spent on airfare to send 19 visitors who tried to take advantage of empty beaches and cheap airfares back to their airport of origin in the US.

The money came from the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii – which assists visitors facing difficulty – via funding from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The offenders who were sent back to the mainland in the US include a pair from San Diego, California who were arrested for violating quarantine and a woman from Los Angeles (also in California) who outed herself after posting her outdoor activities in Hawaii on social media.

"During this unprecedented public health crisis, we are supporting the return of individuals who arrive from the mainland, who do not have pre-arranged lodging and may need financial assistance for their return flights," said VASH President and CEO Jessica Lani Rich in a statement.

The latest figures show that on a recent Saturday, 542 people arrived at Hawaii airports, 200 of whom were returning residents; 135 were new visitors.

Travellers returning from out of state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. – AFP Relaxnews

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