Hawaii set to drop quarantine, testing requirements for fully vaccinated US travelers

Hawaii set to drop quarantine, testing requirements for fully vaccinated US travelers
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Hawaii is set to drop its quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated U.S. travelers in July.

The travel restriction will end in two weeks on July 8, Governor David Ige (D) announced Thursday, according to The Associated Press

Hawaii is one of a handful of states that have maintained a majority of their coronavirus restrictions — social distancing and masks are still required inside businesses.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May changed its guidelines, stating that fully vaccinated individuals can go maskless in most indoor settings. 

Those who wish to travel to the state and avoid the mandated quarantine will have to prove their vaccination status with a hard copy of their vaccine card while traveling and a digital copy uploaded to a state website, according to AP.

Businesses will not be allowed to increase their capacity from 75 percent, or do away with social distancing guidelines between tables until 70 percent of residents are fully vaccinated. 

Thus far, 60 percent of the state's population is fully vaccinated, and Hawaii was one of the first 10 states to meet the Biden administration's goal to have 70 percent of its adult population receive at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine by July 4.

All pandemic restrictions will be lifted once Hawaii reaches the 70 percent marker, AP noted.