HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige mentioned Friday he would lengthen emergency orders requiring masks and regulating journey amid ongoing issues about excessive numbers of COVID-19 infections.
Ige mentioned his new proclamation would keep in impact for 60 days. The principles mandate masks in indoor public areas. To keep away from 10 days of quarantine upon arriving within the islands, vacationers should present proof of vaccination or a damaging consequence from a COVID-19 check taken inside 72 hours of their flight to Hawaii.
The governor mentioned he was involved that the seven-day common of recent each day circumstances continues to exceed 300. He famous that whereas that is down from late August when the determine approached 900, it is nonetheless larger than final 12 months’s peak.
He mentioned he was watching intently whether or not hospitals have sufficient beds and employees to take care of the sick. He famous Hawaii’s geographic isolation means sufferers cannot drive to neighboring states for healthcare if native hospitals are full.
Earlier this 12 months Ige had hoped to carry restrictions as soon as 70% of the state’s inhabitants was vaccinated, however he mentioned “all the pieces modified” with the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant of the illness. On Friday, 68% of the state’s inhabitants was totally vaccinated.
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