Hawaii residents tell tourists to forego traveling to their state amid pandemic

HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued an emergency “stay at home” order for Oahu, effective March 23rd until April 30th.

Oahu has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Hawaii — 41 out of 56 reported. This stay-at-home order means non-essential travel is not permitted. This follows the closure of parks, golf courses, bars and clubs.

Statewide, visitors and returning residents are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine — in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Residents are saying, do not come tourists, please do not come here right now because you know, we don’t want to just infect each other.”

“Tourists should not be coming. They should cancel their trips. They should stay away, they should not infect this island or as people.”

Meanwhile, last Friday, Kauai began imposing a mandatory curfew from 9-pm to 5-am daily.

Governor David Ige has recently asked visitors to stay away from Hawaii for 30 days. Although more than eighty percent of COVID-19 cases in the Aloha State involve Hawaii residents returning from off-island trips, at least one case was non-travel related.

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