Two of the most popular islands for travelers in Hawaii have recently removed several of their long-standing Covid-19 related restrictions, making a visit to the famous islands even more appealing for travelers. The decision to do so follows a general pattern across the United States and the wider world, with several of the country’s states now having eased Covid-19 restrictions as the country as a whole pivots towards living with the virus.
However, whilst some restrictions are set to be eased in the coming weeks, others are set to remain for a while longer – despite moves to the contrary across the US mainland. Here’s a close look at which restrictions are set to be lifted in Hawaii, which of the state’s islands the moves are set to affect, and what the other restrictions are that travelers heading to Hawaii should be aware of.
Hawaiian Islands Remove Restrictions – Information For Travelers
Following a drop in the number of cases of Covid-19 across the island, Maui is set to lift some of the Covid-19 related restrictions that it once implemented to halt the spread of the virus. Known as The Valley Isle, Maui is the second largest of Hawaii’s Islands, typically attracting in excess of a million travelers in a normal year – and it could be set to attract more as restrictions continue to be lifted.
In effect from today, travelers to the island will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result in order to gain access to establishments such as indoor restaurants and bars, fitness centers and gyms. This restriction has been in place on the island since September, and its removal is sure to be welcomed by both Hawaiian locals and foreign travelers alike.
Maui had also recently made headlines by revealing that it would no longer be requiring travelers to have taken the booster vaccine in order to enter, backtracking on recent, controversial comments that suggested this would be a requirement and making the idea of visiting the tourist hotspots of Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi and Kahoʻolawe much easier more appealing to travelers.
Also getting in on the act of easing restrictions is the island of Oahu. Like Maui, Oahu is set to ease restrictions by removing its “Safe Access Oahu” program from March 6th. The move will see visitors to Oahu no longer needing to show proof of vaccination or a negative test before entering restaurants, bars, and gyms, allowing such businesses to operate in the same manner that they did prior to the pandemic.
However, whilst these moves may be in line with similar moves by other US states, one restricn that hasn’t yet been lifted is the indoor mask mandate – meaning travelers will need to pack plenty in their suitcase. Hawaii is the last of the US states to have the indoor mask mandate still in effect, with the state’s emergency proclamation in effect until March 25th, though Hawaii’s Governor has the power to end it at any time.
Several of the US’s most popular states have removed their mask mandate in previous weeks. California removed their mask mandate for vaccinated travelers on February 15th, coming after New York removed their requirements on February 10th. Nevada and Washington have also scrapped their mask mandates whilst other states, such as Connecticut and Oregon, will be removing it in the near future. Hawaii though, it seems, will have to wait.
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