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How Long Will Hawaiian Beaches Be Closed

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The coronavirus pandemic spread across the world in early 2020 and wreaked havoc. As the virus spread from country to country, the effects were devastating. Hospitals became overwhelmed, economies shut down, travel became grounded, and borders even closed. At this time, 636,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19. 

To this day, we don’t know how long the coronavirus pandemic will last. However, Hawaii’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been swift. They immediately closed businesses and cancelled events. They quickly instituted a 14-day quarantine and careful contact tracing. To this day, Hawaii has the fewest cases per capita of any US state. 

The situation is changing daily but businesses and parks across Hawaii are very slowly and carefully beginning to reopen. 

Most Beaches Are Closed

The islands across Hawaii are opening beaches according to their number of cases and local leadership. Islands are still asking those in public to social distance and exercise caution. The current openings and closures of beaches per island are as follows:

Oahu

In Oahu, beaches have officially been open since May 16, 2020.

Maui

Most parks and beaches are officially open in Maui. For a comprehensive list of open beaches, please visit mauicounty.gov.

Big Island

Most parks and beaches are open on the Big Island, but if there is a significant rise in cases, that could change. For updates on the Big Island’s closures and openings, please visit their website at hawaiicounty.gov

Kauai

Parks and beaches are open in Kauai. 

Travel Conditions

Traveling to Hawaii right now is not advised. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine in place for all passengers entering Hawaii. This includes both tourists and returning residents and the restrictions are strict. 

Those affected by the quarantine may not utilize peer-to-peer rental or sharing services. For example, car rental companies are not allowed to rent a car to quarantined individuals. Quarantined passengers must designate a hotel or motel as their quarantine location and may not leave their room unless they’re receiving medical services. They are not allowed to name a vacation home or short-term rental as their quarantine destination. Quarantined individuals are not allowed to go swimming in the hotel pool or leave their room. Food will be delivered to the visitor’s rooms and they are responsible for all costs.

Given the circumstances, travelers are strongly advised to postpone any travel plans to Hawaii for the near future. 

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