Hawaii governor announces different travel guidelines for visiting different islands

Escaping to paradise is going to take a little planning.

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as the Aloha State relaxes its quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors Thursday.

Before the Oct. 15 launch of the long-awaited pre-travel testing program, Ige approved enhanced protocols that will impact travelers visiting Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, KHON2 reported Tuesday

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Hawaiian Gov. David Ige has announced various safety steps that arriving travelers must heed at three major islands as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
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“Kauai County has established a voluntary testing program on day three after arrival, and Maui County also established a voluntary post-arrival testing program. Hawaii Island will require an antigen test for all arriving trans-pacific travelers who are participating in the pre-travel testing program,” the governor said in a news conference.

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Officials for Hawaii County said these tests will be given at all three airports on the Big Island; anyone who tests positive must take a PCR test and quarantine under the results return.

“The truth of the matter is, we knew that once they leave the airport, it will be almost an impossible task to ensure that we can get all of them to take the test and to get the test to go to them,” Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said of the important step for incoming visitors.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the governor also stressed.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the governor also stressed.
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Officials for Kauai and Maui counties have also agreed to adopt the pre-travel testing program, allowing inter-island travelers from Oahu to skip the quarantine period if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of traveling, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“Those going from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai will be able to get a pre-travel test 72 hours prior to departure and avoid quarantine,” Ige said.

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Ige and Kim continue to discuss inter-island travel rules for Hawaii County as they focus on the launch of the trans-Pacific travel program, Maui Now reports.

“As you know, over the last week or two, there has been an increase in the number of cases on Hawaiʻi Island, which I know that the mayor is concerned with,” Ige also revealed of the delay.

Also Tuesday, the governor signed an emergency proclamation extending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers to Nov. 30, though the pre-travel testing program is still slated to begin tomorrow.

“I want to remind all travelers that following safe practices – at home, while traveling and upon returning – is the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Ige stressed, per the outlet. “Wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently and

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Lori Hansen announces retirement from City of Papillion Parks & Recreation; leaving legacy of growth | Papillion

Lori Hansen will retire in December following a 23-year tenure as the recreation director for the City of Papillion. She has managed several large projects during a period of significant growth for the city and surrounding areas.

“The city has been really good to me … and they’ve given me a long leash to try a lot of new things and be involved in a lot of new things,” said Hansen.

A native of Minnesota, Hansen came to Nebraska to study at Dana College. Her original degree was in recreation, but she spent the first part of her career working for a healthcare system as a therapist and operations director. By 1998, she was ready for a change.

“I worked with populations within the mental health arena, substance abuse arena where funding was drying up and we were having to work really hard to get funding for programming and things were really changing,” said Hansen. “So, I know it sounds kind of odd, but when this opportunity kind of landed in my lap I really felt like it was something that I was supposed to pay attention to. It was going to be a new opportunity to do something new, and so I jumped. I took the chance.”

Hansen shepherded her department through several large projects including the recent opening of Papillion Landing Community Recreation Center and Field House. She also managed Papio Bay Aquatic Center, oversaw the addition of many other programs and services including a bus service, senior center, the Papillion Race Series, the Papillion Farmers Market and SumTur Amphitheater.

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Cornerstone Collective Announces Nexus Design Standards To Provide Updated and Unified Safety Protocols for Hotel Industry

BOISE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 13, 2020–

Officials of The Cornerstone Collective today announced a comprehensive program to provide hotel brands, owners and operators with a road map to design their properties safely, intelligently and prudently for today and the inevitable recovery from the Covid-19 virus. The proprietary Nexus Design Standards lay out specific criteria culled from across the full spectrum of expert sources, including the CDC, EPA, WELL, LEED, IBC, Fitwel, Mindful Materials and medical specialists. The program provides non-biased, research-based solutions that provide critical guidance for safe design, while allowing the ability to optimize the hotel’s uniqueness.

“A number of brands and hotel management companies have put together their own pandemic safety procedures, but no two are alike,” said Suzie Hall, founder and president, The Cornerstone Collective. “If an owner has multiple brands or owns an independent property, there is no trusted resource to assist them through what can be a costly process. The Nexus Design Standards are the first unified, all-encompassing approach that addresses all aspects of design for the ‘new normal.’ There is a lot of confusion and conflicting claims ranging from what constitutes appropriate distancing to what makes the most effective barriers. Not only do Nexus Standards include potentially life-saving advice, but they can substantially reduce costs by 15 – 40 percent. The Standards are supplier-agnostic but provide clear specifications on materials which often cost less than other options, even though the quality is similar if not superior.”

Hall has spent the last 28 years designing and advocating for how indoor environments can improve human health and well-being. With 20 completed LEED projects and dozens of healthcare assignments, she was ideally qualified to lead this initiative. “We’ve called upon our experience in designing hospital interiors, which present a higher concern for safety, as well as my current position on the Board of the St. Alphonsus Hospital Foundation. Utilizing that expertise, we worked with expert sources that form the core of the program.”

The new standards address ten key areas: Disinfectability, Cleanability, Performance, Health, Environmental, Price, Life Cycle Cost, Sustainability, Proof of Product Properties / Claims and Warranties. The below are specifics from three of the previously mentioned areas above:

Disinfectability

1. FFE upholstery must be sanctioned as disinfectable by the EPA.

2. Cleaning agents should be EPA-approved against COVID-19. Disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.

3. When EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of 5.25%–8.25% bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. This can cause fumes that may be extremely dangerous to enhale. Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.

Performance

4. All FFE upholstery should have an integrated fabric barrier system (mitigates pathogens and bacteria getting through)

5. Upholstery should be PVC, phthalate and formaldehyde-free

6. Minimum 50,000 double rub rating for upholstery

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