If you visit Maui, Lanai or Molokai, you must use a COVID exposure notification application

Maui County received approval from the governor to require all incoming inter-island and trans-Pacific travelers to use a COVID exposure application/setting on their smart phone or else face a 10-day quarantine. This new rule goes into effect Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. This new requirement is in addition to all the others such as using the Safe Travels digital registration platform and obtaining a negative COVID test result before your last leg of travel.

As of the time of writing, there are no written instructions or details about this new rule on the Maui County COVID website. (It appears that their website has an error listing a link identified as January 19th rules, but December 30th rules are uploaded.) When/if they do add that, we’ll update this article with a link to that information. Until then, the most comprehensive information available right now is Maui County’s January 15, 2021 press conference. The announcement of this new rule starts shortly after the five-minute mark.

A couple of exemptions to this new rule that were noted in the press conference are:

  • Persons under the age of 18 years without a mobile device are exempt
  • Adults who do not have a mobile device must have at least one individual in their traveling party must comply

Most smart phones have an exposure notification in their current operating system. Search within your settings for “exposure notifications.” Per Friday’s press conference, having that setting turned on will suffice. Alternatively, Hawaii has their own AlohaSafe Alert app that can be used.

For more information about this and other Maui County specific rules, see this website for the County of Maui.

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