Hawaii to drop quarantine once 70% of state is vaccinated

Once 70 percent of the state has been vaccinated, Hawaii will drop its quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements, officials said.

Hawaii will also stop making people wear masks indoors once that level is reached, Hawaii Gov. David Ige told reporters Friday.

So far, 59 percent of Hawaii’s population has had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52 percent finished their dosing regimen, state health data shows.

Currently, travelers arriving from out of state must spend 10 days in quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken before their departure for the islands at the airport.

Once 60 percent of Hawaii’s population is vaccinated, the state will let travelers skip the quarantine if they can show they were vaccinated in the US.

Restrictions on travel between the islands will open up before that.

Ige said that as of June 15, people will be able to fly between the islands without taking a COVID-19 test or showing proof of vaccination.

Hawaii will also drop its testing requirements once it reaches the 70 percent threshold.
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