A proposal in Hawai’i this week would make tourists submit to tracking in an effort to fight COVID-19 proliferation. I’ll pass.
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Tourist Tracking Proposal
According to reports, Hawai’i is considering the adoption of Taiwanese-style tracking bracelets for tourists. The current policy is to self-quarantine upon arrival into the islands (even for residents travelling from island-to-island) which may face legal challenges. The proposal has only been discussed and not yet decreed, but due to the islands isolation and limited healthcare resources, the state feels they have a unique need to escalate enforcement of quarantine.
I Love The Hawaiian Islands
I love the Hawai’ian islands and find them to be among the most beautiful places on earth. I long to visit the islands again and intend to do so. Before the coronavirus disruptions, Hawai’i saw some of the largest increases in flights to the islands driven by Southwest entering the market.
I have friends in Hawai’i, and of all of the places we have taken our daughter she still remembers that trip and asks to go back often. We all want to go back to Hawai’i, Lucy, absolutely all of us.
Hawai’i Can Do What They Want, I Don’t Have to Visit
I respect the rights of states to determine who can and cannot visit, and what the rules are when there. Non-Muslims aren’t permitted to visit Mecca, and as much as I would like to see it, I don’t qualify and respect their rights to choose who can enter.
But as the critical period passes, if the state insists on trackers, vaccination documentation or an immunity passport as Delta alluded to in Matthew’s post yesterday, I’ll pass. There are other beautiful places to spend my time and money. However, if the state thinks that visitors will continue to fly to the islands at the same rate as before despite what would be the most dramatic measures in the country, I think they will find they are mistaken.
The Hawaiian economy is heavily dependent on tourism, can the state afford to implement such strict requirements?
Every state, city and country has the right to choose who and how they will allow visitors into their country. It’s also the travellers right to vote with their dollars and their feet. For me and my family, we would be happy to return to the Hawai’ian islands but not if they enact and implement stringent tourist tracking.
What do you think? Would you wear a tracker to be able to visit Hawai’i? Would it be enough to make you pass on a trip?