Opinion: Nothing I Say will Stop you from Traveling
Covid cases are on the rise not only all over the USA, but all over the world. ICU beds are filling up in every state in the nation.
Chances are your neighbor, or perhaps even you, decided to get together with friends or family from different households over Thanksgiving or Christmas, against common sense and medical advice.
Nothing I can say to you in person or on this blog is going to change your opinion about traveling during the pandemic. That’s your right to do so, and you can absolutely decide to take your family on any vacation that you choose.
If you’re wondering where all of this is coming from, yesterday I posted about how why right now is the best time to go to Hawaii. Hotels are empty, beaches are secluded, restaurant reservations are easy to come by, and the cost of travel to Hawaii has never been cheaper. The fact of the matter is, that traveling to Hawaii right now is a great value for those who decide that they want to travel, but anything that I put here won’t make you decide to go otherwise.
Our job here is to make sure that we can present facts and information for the public who decide to take trips.
Travel to Hawaii is going to be a lot different now than it will be next year or even as it was last year. Travel to Hawaii right now is safer than travel to any other state, and most countries.
- Before you fly, you must receive the results from a negative Covid-19 test
- If you do not have results before you fly, you will be required, BY LAW, to quarantine in your hotel or lodging. No exceptions, no testing out of quarantine.
- Police and officials from the state of Hawaii will check on you to make sure that you are complying with the quarantine order, in your hotel. If you are not there, you will be fined and face arrest.
- Masks are required in ALL public spaces, including walking around on the sidewalk.
- Rental car companies and hotels are required by law to follow the requirements, or face steep penalties.
- Restaurants and other stores are required to limit patrons.
While we were enjoying our time driving around the island sightseeing, we noticed a couple get out of their car without masks. A police officer came up and issued them a fine on the spot for non-compliance with the mask mandate.
When I take a vacation, I’m actually in less contact with people that I would be at home. On our last trip to Hawaii, the majority of the time was just us, in our car, eating takeout and avoiding housekeeping service. We didn’t share elevators with other people, we practiced good hygiene, we wore masks everywhere, and were even re-tested again, on the island. If that test would have come back positive, we would have quarantined immediately.
Channel your Ire Elsewhere
Just as with many readers blaming all the bloggers for “killing the deal,” I’ve already received a bunch of nasty comments which were deleted for profanity. There’s no need for that, and a civilized discussion can take place without people hiding behind fake names and fame email addresses in the comment thread.
Perhaps your ire should be directed towards the local governments who have placed restrictions in place to allow tourism with safeguards in place.
Perhaps your ire should be directed towards the airlines who continue to fly to the islands.
Perhaps your ire should be directed to people who decide to travel to places that aren’t Hawaii and don’t bother to get a covid test.
At least at a minimum the people going to the island have to clear at least one hurdle of a negative Covid-19 test, and that’s more than I can say for the majority of people reading and commenting here on the internet.
We’ve had seven negative tests and will continue to do everything in our power to remain Covid free. In order to get your covid test, I encourage you to head to this website and type in “where do I get a covid test in (insert your hometown).”
Do your civic duty, even if you’re asymptomatic.
Nothing I Say Will Change your Mind
If Dr Fauci can’t convince you to stay home, I sure can’t.
If seeing ICU beds full on the news can’t convince you to stay home, I sure can’t.
If your friends or family catching Covid or dying from Covid isn’t enough to convince you to stay home, I sure can’t.
If 291,000 cases yesterday can’t convince you to stay home, I sure can’t.
But, if you do decide to go, it will absolutely be my position to make sure that you’ve got all the information you need to do it safely and securely.
Have a Safe Flight!