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Refuse To Quarantine For 14 Days? Hawaii Will Buy Your Plane Ticket Home
Hawaii is making it clear that they don’t want an influx of tourists coming to the islands until things clear up. So much so, they have set aside $25,000 to help pay to send people home.
As of April 1, Hawaii Gov. David Ige established a mandatory two-week self-quarantine for any out-of-state visitors and inter-island travelers. However, most tourists coming into or traveling around the state don’t want to abide by the rule.
In response, the government will now pay to send people back home to their home airports.
“The ability to return people quickly to their airports of origin during the coronavirus crisis greatly assists law enforcement’s ability to ensure the success of our statewide emergency measures,” Hawai’i State Attorney General Clare Connors said in a statement. “The fact scarce government funds do not need to be expended for these return trips also helps fulfill the mission of keeping Hawaii safe.”
The $25,000 is being funded by the Visitor Aloha Society, a non-profit group that normally helps tourists in Hawaii deal with problems during their visit, such as theft or a medical emergency. So far 19 people had to be sent home to their home airports since measures went into effect.
John Monahan, president of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, has also urged that people not travel to the area until things are safe. He’s gone as far as asking media outlets not to put out content that would attract visitors to the islands right now.
“It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike,” Monahan wrote in the letter, “and therefore request that anything written about Hawaii strongly discourages travelers from visiting Hawaii until otherwise directed by our state officials.”