New rule goes in effect in 10 days

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Maui is adding a second precautionary step to its strict COVID19 regulation in addition to a mandatory pre-arrival COVID19 test.  Now visitors will need a second  negative COVID19 test upon arrival at Kahului Airport.  The procedure is free and mandatory.

Hoping to shed light

The County is hoping to shed some light on how arriving residents and visitors are contributing to cases on the island. According to today’s Maui  News, “The new rule will apply to anyone traveling directly from the Mainland to Maui. Those who refuse will need to quarantine for 10-days.

This secondary test will help determine if visitors and returning residents are contributing to the large rate of COVID-19 here in Maui,” says Mayor Michael Victorino.

We’ve been working on it. “Now it’s a matter of getting the machinery, training personneland all of that. That all needs to be put in place. We’re hoping we can do that in the next 10 working days, which will take us toward the end of April.”

Maui County is currently seeing 24 new cases a day. There is also  a 3.2 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average, according to state Department of Health data.

 Gov. David Ige said earlier this week that the recent high rate of cases on Maui and Oahu are part of the reason why the state isn’t ready to move forward yet with a vaccine passport program.  

Mostly community spread

Most cases on Maui appear to come from  community spread, but local health officials have concerns that travel is contributing to the spread.

Free testing

Maui is already offering free testing on arrival and has found a test positivity rate of 2.5 percent.

Affect on tourism

 Although Hawaii is finally experiencing arise in tourism, its coronavirus restrictions on visitors has cause much harm to its economy. Also, once on the islands visitors must wear masks and socially distance. And, as of this writing, restaurants and business are open to lower capacity.

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