Hawaii Governor To Tourists: Stay Away

Hawaii governor urges visitors to stay away amid COVID surge

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said airlines have agreed to “amplify the message” that Hawaii has no aloha for tourists right now.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday called on tourists to steer clear of Hawaii, as Covid-19 cases continue to surge, overtaxing the state’s health care system.

Ige stopped short of imposing the sort of travel restrictions that effectively shut down Hawaii’s tourism industry when he put them in place in March 2020. Instead, the governor called on people to voluntarily postpone non-essential travel to and from Hawaii until after October.

“They would have a much, much better experience” if tourists wait until the late fall to visit the islands, Ige said on Monday.

“It is not a good time to travel to the islands,” the governor said in a press conference on Monday.

“We are seeing more COVID patients in our hospitals and ICUs are filling up,” he said, adding that the state is working towards expanding healthcare facilities.

The governor said that he supported Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s announcement on restricting indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gathering to 25.

So far 62 percent of the state population has been fully vaccinated. He urged others to get vaccinated as soon as possible following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full authorization of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest request comes after the governor re-imposed COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the month limiting social gatherings, as the Delta variant of the coronavirus pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a six-month high.

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