Gov. David Ige joined the COVID-19 Care Conversation to provide updates on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ige opened the interview sharing his disappointment with President Trump for not acknowledging the death of George Floyd during a call with state governors from across the nation this morning.
The governor called for real leadership from the White House. Ige said he and other state governors are working together, sharing information and successes to help the community move forward in an appropriate way.
Ige shared that he will make an announcement today with regards to lifting the interisland quarantine.
“Interisland travel will be different than it was before,” he said. The reopening of interisland travel will serve as a test for reopening domestic and international travel. The governor mentioned that the next phase would include specific communities with a similar virus incidence as Hawaii.
He mentioned New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and South Korea as possible international travel bubbles, and Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho as examples of possible domestic travel bubbles.
When asked about the legislature’s decision to put federal CARES Act funds into the state’s rainy day fund, Ige said the decision poses challenges. The state Legislature will return to session this month at which point conversations regarding budget allocation will resume.
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