I was actually planning on taking a trip to Hawaii towards the end of the year. However, due to the recent developments with Coronavirus, I’m having second thoughts. I’m sure I’m not the only one that thought about grabbing some cheap tickets! Hawaii has made some pretty substantial changes in its policy for both residents and visitors alike.
If you happen to be traveling into Hawaii, you will be under some new restrictions, regardless if you are a resident or a visitor. All incoming people must self quarantine for 14 days after arriving. If you are a resident, that means going straight home. If you are a visitor, that means staying in your hotel room for 14 days before you are allowed to go outside.
The only exception to this is for those that are seeking medical attention; even seeking food is against the rules. If you do break this quarantine, you will be subject to a max fine of $5,000 and a year in prison, however it’s also possible to get both of these.
These restrictions start on March 26th, and there is currently no end date set for when this will be lifted.
I think it’s pretty interesting to see this kind of quarantine in place. If you really wanted to, you could visit Hawaii, but you would have to plan an additional 14 days where you are stuck in a hotel room. Unlike most other places under some sort of quarantine, the one exception to that rule is the ability to go out and get food. With this policy in place, the only way to go out and not face a penalty is if you are seeking medicinal attention.
At the end of the day, I think this sort of quarantine isn’t a bad idea, especially considering that Hawaii is really just a collection of islands, and something like this could really overload their healthcare system quickly if things got out of hand.
How do you feel about this sort of quarantine? Is it too extreme or just right? Let us know down in the comment section below.