Visitation to Hawaii has fallen off steeply in response to Gov. David Ige’s call for visitors to postpone their Island vacations and mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all arrivals to the Aloha State, the latest statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority indicate.
On March 17, Ige first asked that visitors postpone their travel to the islands for 30 days. A few days later he increased restrictions, ordering all those entering the state to quarantine in their own residence or accommodations for 14 days starting on March 26.
On March 16, according to HTA reports, 20,485 people, both residents and visitors, arrived in Hawaii by air. A week later, on March 23, the total arrivals for the day had fallen to 4,280, 87% fewer air arrivals than the same day in 2019.
By March 31, two weeks after Hawaii enacted a series of stricter measures to combat the spread of the pandemic, arrivals had fallen to 681 for the day. The majority were either airline crew, residents or in transit to another destination, a combined 560 passengers, with 121 designated as visitors who chose to come to the Aloha State despite the 14-day quarantine and other restrictions.
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