Tourists heading to Hawaii can now avoid the island's 14-day quarantine if they take a state-approved COVID-19 test before arrival. The first passengers under the new rules left San Francisco International Airport on Thursday morning. (Oct. 15)
ANGELA MARGOS: I do feel comfortable that those flying currently are mainly those in the bunch who have gotten tested prior, because they do want to avoid the quarantine. Who wants to be on vacation for 14 days in a hotel room?
That's the downfall, is that I'm paying $250 today, versus a test that I get at work is free. So the tests with their affiliate, it comes with a cost. It does.
JANET LAMKIN: We have two different options. One is a drive-through, 72 to 48 hours prior to the flight. You upload the results to your app that the Hawaiian government's provided, and then you get on the flight and you land and you show your results being negative. Otherwise, we have a on-site, for those who want to come, right, day of flight, you can get your results in 15 minutes and get on the flight.
We are electrostatic spraying before every single flight. Every flight is being wiped down manually. We are practicing social distancing. We have HEPA filters in the airplane, which is what hospitals use. And the airflow of those circulates every two to three minutes.
TIMEEKA ROOKS: I appreciate it because at least now I know that I'm less likely to be around anybody that may, possibly have it.
ANGELA MARGOS: Vacation, peace of mind. I'm a nurse I need time to relax, unwind. I haven't gone anywhere this year, so I'm really looking forward to this.