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Mayor Victorino asks Ige to remove quarantine from interisland travel June 15

Mayor Michael Victorino

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino is requesting that Gov. David Ige lift the 14-day quarantine on inter-island travel beginning June 15.

In a Facebook post Saturday afternoon, the mayor said the lifting of the quarantine would be part of the phased re-opening of businesses and operations toward economic recovery.

He noted that Maui County residents have been restricted from interisland travel for more than two months.

“This will provide our community with a sense of normalcy, especially for those with family and friends on Neighbor Islands,” he said. “Allowing them to travel is the start of economic recovery.”

The reopening of interisland travel also would allow airports the opportunity to enhance policies and procedures and test equipment needed for screening arriving and departing passengers, Victorino said.

“This would allow our airports to prepare for future trans-Pacific travel,” he said.

Ige issued the mandatory 14-day self quarantine on interisland travel for all visitors and residents effective April 1. The governor indicated earlier this week that the removal of the quarantine would be coming soon.

However at a Friday news conference, Victorino said he still was mulling a final plan and potential restrictions and that a decision on the removal of the interisland quarantine wasn’t expected for a few weeks.

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