‘The Virus Is Surging In Our State’ Governor Declares
After the governor said the coronavirus is “surging in our state,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the closure of the beaches and parks on the island of Oahu, and that includes Waikiki Beach.
“I hate it when I see people not wearing masks, gathering in public places at the beach or ath the parks, or partying with no regard to the health and safety of the community,” Caldwell said.
In another move that will frustrate and isolate not just travelers to Hawaii but residents, Gov. David Ige said that inter-island travel is restricted to the point that people traveling to Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
The restrictions for tourists traveling to any Hawaiian island having to quarantine for two weeks is in effect at least until Sept. 1, although a provision is being considered that would allow people to move freely about a resort property.
Regarding the beach ban, people will still be able to walk on the beach as long as they are doing a water activity such as surfing or swimming.
Hawaii has reported almost 3,000 positive coronavirus cases, which may not seem like a lot but the issue is a lack of hospitals and hospital beds in the state. Officials and locals alike are worried by the fact that cases have increased 231% in 10 days from the end of July to the first week of August.
“There is no question that the virus is surging in our state,” Ige said. “I know that many are worried about their health.”
PubClub.com was shown photos by a responsible local showing groups of 20 or so people sitting next to each other in a park and a beach party with boats pulled up on the sand. This is what is driving officials crazy.
“It’s all teenagers,” the source reported to PubClub.
Certainly, for tourists, this is hardly the time to go to a place that looks like paradise but is not paradise right now.