As COVID-19 rates rise, Hawaii discourages visitors.
24th of August, 2021 — COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Hawaii as a result of the Delta variation, putting hospitals and health-care personnel under pressure.
Governor David Ige has urged visitors to stay away and locals to stick to necessary business trips until the end of October.
On Monday, he remarked on the Honolulu Star-Livestream Advertiser’s show, “Now is not a good time to visit Hawaii.” “Visitors who
choose to visit the island will not enjoy the usual vacation experience that they would anticipate from a trip to Hawaii.”
On the same day that Ige made his comments, the island of Oahu imposed additional limitations. Indoor meetings of more than 10
individuals and outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people will be banned from Wednesday.
The new regulation will be in effect for at least four weeks and will apply to all events, including trade fairs, conferences, and
concerts that are professionally planned.
During a press conference on Monday, Oahu Mayor Rick Blangiardi remarked, “We truly believed we saw the light at the end of the
tunnel, but cases have risen over the past few weeks, and the Delta variety has shown to be more than tough.”
Hawaii has observed an increase in new COVID-19 cases since the beginning of July.
According to The New York Times, the state’s 7-day average peaked at 729 new cases
per day on Aug. 19, more than double the previous high last autumn.
New cases have risen by 37% in the last two weeks, reaching an all-time high of almost
9,300 active COVID-19 instances.
According to Blangiardi, he spoke with state and municipal health authorities as well as health care professionals, and they discovered that big
gatherings are to blame for the fast rise in instances. Ige also said that he supports the new Oahu limits.
Athletic activities will continue, albeit without spectators, and big concerts will be canceled under the new restrictions.
Weddings and funerals must conform to gathering restrictions, and restaurants will only be able to accommodate half of their
Ige raised worries about poor immunisation rates and the huge number of younger patients in Hawaii’s hospitals during Monday’s
Hospitalizations have more than quadrupled in the last two weeks, and hospitals are running out of beds to accommodate patients.
He said, “Another shutdown is truly the final resort.” “And it would be at that point that the hospitals would declare they can’t accept any more
patients and we’d have to take more drastic measures.”