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Hawaii Tourism authority accepting hotel safety plans

The Maui News

Hawaii Tourism Authority is accepting COVID-19 health and safety plans from hotel operators across the state, a new requirement of Gov. David Ige’s latest emergency proclamation.

Signed Monday by the governor, the proclamation calls for hotels to create plans that “shall identify the measures the operator has enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what guests, customers, invitees, employees, contractors, vendors and other persons who enter the property’s premises may expect in terms of service, accommodations and required safety protocols.”

It also makes the hotel operator responsible for accommodating guests on property or in an alternative location if they become positive for COVID-19 or are identified as close contacts of a person who is positive for the virus.

The hotels have to publish the plans, including making it available on their websites and submitting it to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which is accepting plans by email at hotelcovidplans@gohta.net.

The plans must be sent as a PDF; all other formats will not be accepted. The agency is not responsible for ensuring that the submitted plans comply with the requirements of the proclamation. Hotels are urged to review their plans to ensure compliance before submitting them.

Plans that are received in the correct PDF format will be posted at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/covid-19-updates/hotel-covid-19-health-and-safety-plans/. The tourism authority recommends that hotel properties contact their respective association for further guidance and assistance.

For questions, email hotelcovidplans@gohta.net.

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