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Maui Will Open to Visitors October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 08, 2020 12:30 PM | Jen Russo (Administrator)

Maui Will Open to Visitors October 15

Thank you to everyone who took the time to express to Governor Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and Mayor Victorino that they did not want mandatory secondary testing. As it stands right now the State is moving forward with their Pre-test trans-pacific travel program and they are not requiring second tests. You can see the Governor's press conference here:   Governor Ige said he remained committed to finding a safe and healthy way to bring back trans-pacific travelers. The state recommends going to the website HawaiiCOVID19.COM for more information

At the press conference John DeFries, President & CEO, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority shed some light on what the new face of the visitor industry looks like.

“ We have a whole new echelon of responsibility with our jobs,” says DeFries. It has to do with hygiene, sanitation, sterilization at standards that heretofore were reserved for clinics and hospitals. All in the name of keeping co-workers safe, work environments safe. All that so we can prepare to receive visitors who in turn must exhibit a level of responsibility and sensitivity toward our people as they come here and enjoy their vacation in the islands.”

Hawaii Tourism Authority recommends going to GOHawaii.Com and checking out the new standards there and other travel resources for your business and informing your guests.

Yesterday evening Managing Director Sandy Baz announced County of Maui is committed to the pre travel testing program and opening on Oct. 15. He also informed us travelers awaiting their pre-travel test results (if their results were not available at time of arrival) must quarantine at their place of lodging when they arrive. Approved pre-test quarantine hosts are hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, condo or legal transient vacation rentals. You can watch Maui County’s announcements here:

You can see the County statement in writing here: Press Release_County of Maui moving forward with Pre-Travel Testing Program_10.7.20.pdf

You can require your guests to show their test results. You cannot request this information from the partner testing facilities, we can ONLY ask guests for their Covid test results. Homeowners are responsible for the guest quarantining if they don’t receive negative test results, or become sick while here. Our standing within our communities rely upon our vigilance and responsibility in this area. 

Note, In a meeting with the administration, they informed us that arriving guests should have your permit number (if there is one associated with your rental) because they will be checking that information at the arrival gates. If you can send it with reservation confirmation information that would be great. This will ensure a smoother entry and quicker transaction as every passengers credentials are reviewed upon arrival to Maui.

Another thing that the County is requesting is to inform your arriving guests of our own safety mandates here like wearing a mask, washing your hands and watching your distance, please remain 6 feet apart, in addition to Maui's limit of groups of 10 or less in public spaces.

The County is requesting from the State that resident’s travel within County of Maui be approved to opened up with no quarantine restrictions, and for interisland travel to reopen with a pre-travel testing program equivalent toTrans Pacific travel. 

Current travel and testing partners with the state include include: AFC Urgent Care, Carbon Health, CityHealth Urgent Care, Color, CVS Health, Hawaiian Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Quest Diagnostics, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Vault Health and Walgreens and Alaska Airlines is in the final phase of getting approved.

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