Hawaii governor: cautions visitors to stay away amidst COVID

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Hawaii Governor David Ige encouraged residents and visitors to limit travel to the U.S. state to vital business operations amid an increase in COVID-19 infections on the islands. The governor cited constraints on restaurant capacity and limited access to rental automobiles, saying that visitors to the islands will not be able to enjoy a typical Hawaiian vacation.

“It is not a good time to travel to the islands,” the governor said in a press conference on Monday. “We are seeing more COVID patients in our hospitals and ICUs are filling up,” he said, adding that the state is working towards expanding healthcare facilities.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi of Honolulu announced that interior gatherings would be limited to 10 persons and outdoor gatherings would be limited to 25 people. Sixty-two per cent of the population of the state has been fully immune After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine, he advised others to get vaccinated as soon as possible.