The Associated Press reported that about 8,000 people arrived in Hawaii on Thursday while Maui News reported 1,262 passengers arrived on Maui. For visitors arriving with Covid test clearances provided by “trusted partners” approved by the state pretty much breezed through, for those who didn’t get the needed results, unfortunately approximately 10 to 25 percent of passengers on each flight had tests from nontrusted partners. Moniz added that 5 percent of arrivals decided to forgo pre-travel testing and head straight to quarantine.
Mayor Victorino did state that they will work out the problems that occur in the next few days and will do their best to have things work out for the benefit of all. Many of the visitors stated they felt that with the way Maui has set up safety for our island’s health and theirs, this feels to them that this is the safest place to travel. We are taking the necessary steps to keep all healthy. Remember to wear masks and continue with social distancing to protect everyone. Mahalo Nui Loa!
If we can be assistance to anyone needing lists of approved “trusted partners” for testing or what is open as far as entertainments, restaurants, etc., we have gathered a pretty good list. Email email@example.com We are here to help.
After observing the presentation by Sandy Baz, the Maui Chamber of Commerce summarized what we can expect for travel opening on October 15th.
Update on Reopening Travel Plans for Maui County and the State:
Both the Mayor’s office and Governor provided press conferences today where they addressed travel plans.
Sandy Baz, Managing Director for the County of Maui shared that they have sent in 3 requests to the Governor, but they are still waiting on the Governor’s response.
1. If Maui County residents can travel solely between Maui, Molokai and Lanai without a quarantine.
2. For interisland travel to reopen with a pre-travel testing program similar to what is happening with Trans Pacific travel.
3. As the Mayor announced earlier this week, his request to mandate a second test for Trans Pacific travelers was denied by the Governor. However, he is asking the Governor to consider a request to strongly encourage visitors to take a voluntary second test, with incentives offered. He said they are working with hotels and lodging areas to encourage their guests to get tested.
Sandy also shared that travelers who are quarantining as they await their test results from the pre-travel test (if they did not get them prior to landing) can quarantine in their hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, condo or legal transient vacation rental.
In addition, Governor Ige and Lt. Governor Josh Green did a press briefing today on the October 15th reopening plan.
Updates include additional trusted travel and testing partners including: AFC Urgent Care, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Vault Health and Walgreens and mentioned Alaska Airlines is in the final phase of getting their approvals.
He also shared they are working on a post arrival surveillance testing program as a pilot by giving 10% of arrivals (who did the pre-test) a second test 4 days after arrival. However, we understand that will be voluntary and incentivized as a way to ensure safety and make sure the pre-test system works properly.
Congratulations Hawaii! As reported by Travel + Leisure, a study conducted by Wallethub has named the state the Happiest State of 2020. Wallethub has been doing this study for the Happiest State since 2014. This is the first year conducting the study during a pandemic.
Categories used for measuring happiness include emotional and physical well-being, work environment and community environment. Rounding out the top five were Utah, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland.
Great news regarding travel to Maui (without a 14-day quarantine) from the Mainland US beginning October 15, 2020 with a valid negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before arrival on Maui. See link below. While we are still experiencing Covid-19 cases worldwide it appears that we are finding a way forward while medical doctors are having success in curing most Covid-19 cases. We will hopefully have a vaccine available in the next few months.
Below is a quick synopsis from the Maui Chamber of Commerce.
Governor Ige Announces New Travel Reopening Date
Governor Ige just announced that the new date to launch the Trans-Pacific pre-travel test program is now October 15th. They are currently working with various partners including CVS and Kaiser Permanente on these tests and creating a digital platform.
Lieutenant Governor Green provided an overview of the process:
Arriving passengers will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine if they take a test no more than 72 hours in advance of travel and test negative for COVID-19.
The test must be a NAAT test conducted in a certified lab.
If test results are not available at the time of arrival, visitors will have to remain in quarantine until they get the test results.
This pre-travel test policy will include children of all ages.
Visitors will be responsible for the cost of the test.
We hope to see you soon on Maui. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Call or email.