Hawaii delays quarantine waiver, cites mainland outbreaks

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FILE – In this April 21, 2020, file photo, a man rides his bike on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly brutal to the tourism-dependent economies of Nevada and Hawaii, lifting the unemployment rate in both states to about one-quarter of the workforce. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii’s governor says he will delay by one month a plan to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19.

The testing plan was scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1. But Gov. David Ige says increasing virus case numbers in Hawaii, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of testing supplies prompted him to change course. The testing program is now due to take effect on Sept. 1.

Many in Hawaii’s business community had been looking forward to the testing program as it would make it easier for tourists to visit and potentially boost the economy.

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