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Hawaii to extend COVID-19 restrictions due to high cases

Oct. 04, 2021
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Maui sunset 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
Hawaii to extend COVID-19 restrictions due to high cases
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The coronavirus situation in Hawaii has fluctuated frequently since the state reopened to tourists and, at least more recently, things have been more down than up.

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Hawaii is extending some of its COVID-19 restrictions for another 60 days in light of the delta variant. Gov. David Ige on Oct. 1 said he would extend a mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors. Caps on indoor and outdoor dining would also continue.

If you have travel planned to Hawaii, you should also know the state extended the “Safe Travels” pretravel testing program. The program requires all non-vaccinated visitors to show a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure to Hawaii. Travelers who aren’t fully vaccinated and don’t show a negative COVID-19 test are required to quarantine for 10 days.

“Today, the number of cases has been trending lower, and the number of patients in our hospitals has continued to fall,” Ige said, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “However, COVID continues to cause high rates of infection throughout our state.”

Ige is referring to a surge the state saw in positive cases of the coronavirus this summer. The state reached a peak on Sept. 2 with more than 900 positive cases that day, according to data from The New York Times. Hospitalizations and deaths also peaked in early September, but all three figures have significantly dropped recently. For instance, positive cases of COVID-19 are down 45% from two weeks prior.

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Hawaii had hoped to reopen and end the Safe Travels program entirely once 70% of the population had been fully vaccinated. Currently, 68% of residents are fully vaccinated (71% have received at least one dose). But even though things appear to be on an upswing, the state still isn’t exactly keen on having visitors right now.

Ige famously begged tourists to avoid travel to Hawaii in August, saying, “It is a risky time to be traveling right now. It is not a good time to travel to the islands.”

But tourists are not generally the cause of the COVID-19 community spread right now, and Ige confirmed in August that most cases were from unvaccinated locals. According to Safe Travels data, just over 1,000 of the 542,000 visitors to Hawaii were required to quarantine upon arrival between Sept. 3 and Oct. 3.

Featured image by Maui sunset 2021. (Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points Guy)
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  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
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Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more