Hawaii will open itself to travelers in November, after being asked in August to postpone their trips.
“Beginning Nov. 1, we want to invite and encourage fully vaccinated visitors and residents to travel for business or leisure,” Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, said at a news conference at the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on Tuesday.
Mr. Ige, a Democrat, noted the trend of decreasing Covid-19 case counts and fewer patients in hospitals. He said that because the healthcare system has responded, the state has the ability to move forward with economic recovery.
Tuesday’s announcement comes about two months after Mr. Ige asked tourists to postpone their trips voluntarily through the end of October.
At the time of that announcement, Hawaii averaged about 720 new Covid-19 cases a day over a seven-day period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The state has averaged about 130 new cases a day over the past seven days, according to Johns Hopkins.
Many tourists listened to the governor’s plea to put off trips to the islands. Hotels saw a steeper occupancy drop than they typically do after Labor Day, and many hospitality workers saw reduced hours.
Mr. Ige said on Twitter that the state continues to seek information from the federal government about plans for international travel and will have measures in place prior to Nov. 8, when the U.S. will open to international tourists with proof of vaccination.Internet Explorer Channel Network