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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