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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Mayor Victorino provides guidance on inter-island travel for Maui County

Mayor Michael Victorino provided guidance to Maui County residents on the inter-island travel quarantine policy issued by Gov. David Ige.

The policy will go into effect statewide beginning April 1, according to the Governor’s supplemental emergency proclamation issued today.

“Essential work and health related travel is especially critical in our County, as our unique community spans three islands,” Mayor Victorino said. “Due to reductions in flights, I spoke with Hawaiian Airlines today about transportation for our residents who may need medical treatment on Oahu or have to respond to emergencies. I am committed to working with the State and airlines to balance necessary travel for essential personnel and the protection of our people, especially on Molokai and Lanai.”

Starting April 1, inter-island travelers will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival on any island. This includes travel to and from Lanai and Molokai.

Travelers arriving by airline will be required to complete an inter-island declaration form provided by the State. In addition, all travelers will receive an order from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency related to their status.

For any questions related to exempt activities, please email covidexemption@hawaii.gov.

The mandatory 14-day inter-island travel quarantine WILL apply to:

  • Individuals returning home from non-essential travel to other islands. Essential travel is limited to individuals performing the services outlined below.

The mandatory 14-day quarantine will NOT apply to any person or activity deemed essential under the stay at home order, including the following:

  • Infrastructure personnel, including those who service public and private water, wastewater, sewer systems and utilities.
  • Construction workers
  • Law enforcement, first responders and emergency services personnel
  • Emergency management personnel
  • Doctors, nurses and all healthcare providers
  • Individuals receiving medical treatment, such as chemotherapy
  • Agricultural workers
  • Individuals providing essential food or supplies
  • Maintenance service providers necessary to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and businesses, including plumbers, electricians, and exterminators.
  • Media and communications personnel

Those listed above are required to:

  • Wear a mask as appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during travel
  • Practice social distancing

While not performing essential duties, all individuals must adhere to the statewide stay at home order and Public Health Emergency Rules issued by the County of Maui. This includes essential workers staying at their accommodations anytime they are not at work or performing essential activities.

To review county rules, please visit mauicounty.gov. To review inter-island quarantine information, please visit the state website at https://hawaiicovid19.com/.


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