Honolulu got here to an eerie standstill this week because the coronavirus pandemic unfold all through the islands. Hawaii officers successfully flipped the swap on the state’s tourism-fueled financial engine in a bid to sluggish the unfold of the virus. (March 29)
Because the coronavirus continues to slam the USA, counties in Hawaii have slowly begun to close down trip leases.
As of midday Friday, Hawaii had 553 confirmed instances of the coronavirus and 9 folks had died, in accordance with the state’s web site. In the meantime, Gov. David Ige on Friday shut down seashores and restricted leisure boating and fishing to 2 folks.
Whereas Ige has declared resorts and motels as important companies that may stay open, trip leases or bead and breakfasts are usually not included. So counties are taking restrictions a step additional: In Hawaii and Kauai counties, the mayors are shutting down trip leases.
On April 10, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim declared that mattress and breakfasts, quick time period leases and time shares should ceases operation. Any visitors who’re already there might keep till the top of their pre-booked interval.
Kim’s rule went into impact April 13 and is anticipated to proceed by way of April 30, although that date is topic to vary at Gov. David Ige’s or Kim’s discretion in future emergency proclamations.
Trip leases embrace “hosted and non‐hosted leases usually single‐household homes or condominium condo items and primarily utilized by for guests from off‐island,” in accordance with a reality sheet launched by the Kim’s workplace.
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Kauai, Hawaii, a largely uninhabited island that contains a state park, is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot. (Picture: Ron Kosen, AP)
Kauai County Mayor Derek Kawakami issued an analogous order to enter impact Saturday, April 11, in accordance with the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Vacation rentals are not supervised in the same way as hotels, where it’s easier to distribute information about the 14-day quarantine period,” Kawakami said in a briefing, the Star Advertiser reported.
On Thursday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he intended to crack down on visitors, including those staying in vacation rentals, as well, according to the Star Advertiser.
“We really wish right now, visitors would not travel here,” Caldwell said. “When they travel, the virus travels.”
USA TODAY reached out to the governor’s office to inquire about statewide vacation rental regulations amid coronavirus.
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