Hawaii is considering ‘resort bubbles’ for visitors who will need to quarantine when visiting one of the US state’s islands during the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, entry requirements for visitors mean that you will need to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive. Of course, sitting in a hotel room all that time isn’t particularly enticing for holidaymakers.
In fact, the Hawaiian Tourism Authority warns on its Go Hawaii website; “As this would mean that visitors would need to remain in their rooms for most or all of their vacation, travelers are strongly urged to postpone any trips to Hawaii”.
West Hawaii Today reports that authorities are considering a ‘geofence’ approach as a potential solution.
The idea is that select resorts would have dedicated areas where quarantining guests could still roam around, meaning that they could in theory enjoy a holiday outside of their hotel room.
The ‘resort bubbles’ are being considered across three hotspots; The Big Island, Kauai, and Maui.
At the moment it’s very much just an idea, with no concrete plans to implement the bubbles.
There are some logistics to work out too, for example how public areas such as restaurants, shops and the swimming pools would be managed. Meanwhile, geofencing could also depend on whether visitors are willing to be monitored during their stay.
The resort bubbles aren’t the only option being considered for visitors.
Authorities are also considering allowing travellers to be exempt from the 14-day quarantine, provided they have taken a coronavirus screening test 72 hours before travelling.
The new rule is potentially being rolled out in September.
For now, Hawaii remains a dream destination rather than a reality for Brits. At the time of writing, the USA has banned British nationals from entering if they have been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil or China within the previous 14 days.
Any visitors who are eligible to visit will still need to self-isolate for up to 14 days when they arrive.
You can find out more about the entry requirements in the FCO’s latest USA travel advice.