About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to the islands without quarantining for two weeks if they could produce a negative coronavirus test. (Oct. 16)
JOSH GREEN: The first flight that came in, which was 123 people, passed here in about 30 minutes. There was no conflict. A few people, who had not known that we had a quarantine still in effect, understood when it was explained to them that there was a test that they should have gotten if they wanted to avoid quarantine. But they accepted it.
DAVID IGE: We've all had to learn to live with COVID-19. I do believe that this is an important milestone for all of us as we move forward in reviving our economy.
JULIE AVERY: And open the test in front of them. And then spit in the tube. And you do it through Zoom-- a Zoom meeting. So they watch you.
And then you seal it up, and mail it off, and it was gone the next day, and got the results the next day. So it's fairly fast. I feel pretty safe. I do. I feel pretty safe. I know everybody like-- they test for a temperature. I feel pretty safe about it.
YENLINH TRAN: I think it's a good thing for this state. We need this. I work in the tourism industry. And we need customers. We need tourists. I am worried about it. But I just hope that we have a balance. That we all wear masks, and we keep our distance.