Covid 19 coronavirus: Hawaii pushes forward with tourism despite safety concerns

Despite increasing coronavirus cases across the United States, Hawaii officials hope to reboot tourism next week by loosening months of economically crippling pandemic restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travellers.

The plan, which was postponed after the virus surged in the northern hemisphere summer, will allow Hawaii-bound travelers who provide negative virus test results within 72 hours of arrival to sidestep two weeks of quarantine.

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But the October 15 launch of the pre-travel testing programme is causing concern for some, who say gaps in the plan could further endanger a community still reeling from infection rates that spiked to 10 per cent after local restrictions eased.

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