Hawaii governor urges visitors to stay away amid COVID surge | Inquirer News

Hawaii governor urges visitors to stay away amid COVID surge

/ 03:57 PM August 24, 2021
hawaii beach

 A surfboard concession stand is closed on Waikiki Beach due to the business downturn caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. April 28, 2020. Picture taken April 28, 2020. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

Hawaii Governor David Ige urged residents and visitors to restrict travel to the U.S. state to essential business activities amid a surge in cases of COVID-19 in the islands.

The governor highlighted the restrictions on restaurant capacities and limited access to rental cars and said that those who choose to visit the islands will not be able to enjoy a typical Hawaii holiday.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It is not a good time to travel to the islands,” the governor said in a press conference on Monday.

“We are seeing more COVID patients in our hospitals and ICUs are filling up,” he said, adding that the state is working towards expanding healthcare facilities.

FEATURED STORIES

The governor said that he supported Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s announcement on restricting indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gathering to 25.

So far 62 percent of the state population has been fully vaccinated. He urged others to get vaccinated as soon as possible following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full authorization of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest request comes after the governor re-imposed COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the month limiting social gatherings, as the Delta variant of the coronavirus pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a six-month high.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: COVID-19, Hawaii, Health, US
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.