A Covid 19-Update
Happy New Year! There was a minor change to the Pre-Travels Program at the end of December, which is worth noting. Per my previous blog, travelers who do not have a negative test within 72 hours of the last leg of their trip here to Hawaii will be required to quarantine, and will NOT be allowed to take a test upon arrival to clear themselves, or have late-arriving results clear them.
However, as of December 28, 2020, per the change in CDC recommendations, if you do not get or have your negative test results from one of the state's travel partners before getting on the last leg of your trip, this mandatory quarantine time has been reduced to 10 days. Still this means mandatory quarantine in a hotel room, without the ability to leave it. So getting that negative test before you get on that last leg is going to make all the difference! You can see the latest updates from the state about the Safe Travels Program by going HERE.
Note that they are still requiring 25% (100%? This is not clear; last I read it was 25%, but some travelers have reported that all planes are being tested) of travelers upon arrival here on the Big Island, so expect that second test when you arrive.
It should be noted that every couple I've served since October 15th (since the Safe Travels Program started) has successfully been able to make it in without any issue, and with proper planning and super safe protocols before you come, you'll hopefully be a-okay!
The other thing to note is that masks will be required when we meet, whether this be to choose your spot on the beach before your big day or on your wedding day, but on your big day, I will have us spaced six feet apart so that both you (the couple) and I will not have to wear masks during your ceremony, per the laws here in Hawaii. Your guests may still have to wear masks, depending on spacing and household family groupings. This may change as restrictions change, but that is the protocol for the time being!
HERE is the link to go to to find out what to expect when in Hawaii, per the state. You will want to select Hawaii County for specific rules on this island.
That's what we know for now! If you are getting married with us, and have any further questions or would like to set up a chat to go over what to expect, just reach out and we can set up a call! I will do all I can to help you make this process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you!
Owner/Planner/Coordinator and Officiant of Simple Kona Beach Weddings