Kauai seeks OK for resort bubble system

LIHUE (AP) — Kauai County is seeking approval to impose a post-travel resort bubble system that would allow incoming travelers to test out of their coronavirus quarantine after three days.

If the plan is approved by Gov. David Ige, incoming tourists that test negative for the coronavirus and who stay at a county-approved property could bypass a state-mandated 10-day quarantine with a negative coronavirus test that is taken after he or she has spent at least three days on the island, the Garden Island reported Thursday.

The program, if approved, would go into effect on Jan. 5.

“We recognize this is not what we asked for, but we see this as progress toward our effort to allow more incoming travelers to Kauai while keeping our residents safe,” Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said Wednesday.

The voluntary program would be specific to those staying in resort bubbles, Kawakami said. The county’s six resort bubbles would be The Cliffs at Princeville, Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu, The Club at Kukuiula, Timbers Kauai Ocean Club at Hokuala and Kauai Marriott Resort at Kalapaki Bay.