Hawaii has reduced the coronavirus-related quarantine period for incoming travelers from 14 days to 10 days, following current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Gov. David Ige announced the information earlier this week in a policy update that took impact Thursday.
Travelers arriving in each part of the state (except Kauai County) can still skip the quarantine requirement through the pretravel testing program, which requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Ige mentioned he shortened the quarantine for the Aloha State in accordance with guidance from public health officers on the CDC and Hawaii Department of Health.
“A 10-day self-quarantine interval allows us to control the spread of COVID-19 in the community whereas balancing the need to address the psychological and emotional health issues caused by isolation, to enhance compliance, and to minimize the economic hardship for those unable to return to work,” the governor mentioned in a statement. “We’ll continue to assess the situation and make decisions based on evidence and the advice of our health experts.”
The CDC made headlines in early December for announcing shorter, coronavirus-related quarantine durations before holiday travel. The nationwide public health institute mentioned quarantine can now finish after 10 days with no COVID-19 take a look at, if the person reports no signs, or after seven days with a damaging test outcome if the individual reports no signs.
The agency suggests people to proceed to watch for signs of COVID-19 for 14 days after exposure, however.