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Off the News: Don’t bring COVID home from Vegas

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The lure of Las Vegas is strong for Hawaii residents, so news that some casinos on The Strip are now allowed to open at 100% capacity is likely making many happy. But it also can be a point of concern. After all, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas — namely COVID-19 infection.

Hawaii residents visiting “the Ninth Island” — or any other mainland destination — will need to be diligent about masking, social distancing and handwashing, especially at indoor venues. And while flying-home protocols might be a hassle, with pretravel COVID testing still required in lieu of quarantine, Hawaii’s Safe Travels policy does provide an added layer of protection for our islands.

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