The new ‘costco-style’ costco travel restrictions are coming to Hawaii
A new Hawaii state law allowing “costco style” travel restrictions has been approved by the governor and signed into law.
The state legislature approved the bill, HB 718, on Wednesday.
It was originally drafted in the wake of the 2014 pandemic and was intended to help prevent airline travel to Hawaii from getting too crowded, but critics have been concerned that the measures will create an even more crowded travel environment for travelers.
David Ige (D) signed the bill into law at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, as Hawaii was hit with a deadly pandemic.
The legislation was sponsored by Ige, who said it was a way to keep the island’s economy from going into a tailspin.
The new restrictions go into effect immediately.
They would apply to any business with more than five employees and allow them to book up to 30 flights a day for the entire state.
The rules would apply not just to airlines but also to hotels, motels, and the like.
They’re currently limited to business travelers.
The bill would allow people to travel in a limited number of cars, trucks, buses, or other vehicles that are not owned by the same person.
They could travel to certain locations, including major attractions such as Disney World and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Hawaiians can still fly to Disney, Disney California Adventure and Disneyland.
The state will continue to ban the use of drones, however.
Traveling by vehicle is still prohibited, and airlines will have to fly only in restricted areas.
The new law would make it illegal to travel on a public beach, park, or highway without a valid state permit.
The restrictions are similar to a ban on flying in taxis and limousines on the island.
Hawi has also been facing a pandemic for the last two weeks.
Ige said on Tuesday that he expected the state to see a spike in cases this week, and that the governor was prepared to do whatever it takes to stop the spread of the virus.
The governor said he was hopeful that the new restrictions would keep the virus from spreading, but stressed that the measure was not intended to make Hawaii safer.
“It’s not a way of keeping the virus out of Hawaii, and I think that’s really important,” he said.
“I’m not trying to keep Hawaii safe, I’m trying to stop it.”
He said that the state would be ready for the first spike if needed, but warned that it would take time to see if the new rules had an impact.
Ige said he would be able to sign the new law if it was approved by Hawaii’s legislature, and said he did not expect it to become law before next week.
“I think we’re going to see an uptick,” he told ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
Hawaii already has a number of restrictions on flights, including a ban that allows people to take flights on private planes.
In addition, there are no restrictions on taxis or limousine rides.