(CBS SF / CNN) — If you were planning on an early summer vacation in Hawaii this year, the state’s governor hopes you think twice.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige said in an online question-and-answer session that the mandatory quarantine for any travelers visiting Hawaii will continue through at least the end of June.READ MORE: Marin County Focuses on Restarting Schools at Teacher Vaccination 'Super Pods'
The state has cracked down on visitors who fail to abide by the quarantine, in some cases telling scofflaws to leave the islands entirely. The quarantine rule was established in mid-March, and Ige said at the time that tourists should cancel their travel for at least 30 days.
Any travelers who visit Hawaii are forced to self-quarantine for 14 days, which means that visitors must stay in their hotel rooms or residence for two weeks before the restrictions are lifted.
New arrivals are required to fill out documentation listing their contact and lodging information, and they must sign the document acknowledging that violating the quarantine is a criminal offense punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to a year in prison, according to the state’s transportation department.
“These actions are extreme, but necessary, to flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for our recovery,” Ige said.READ MORE: Berkeley Officials To Consider Making VP Harris' Childhood Home A Landmark
A number of visitors have been arrested by police for ignoring the state’s emergency pandemic orders requiring them to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Earlier this month, a newlywed couple from Sacramento County who traveled to Honolulu for their honeymoon was among those arrested for breaking quarantine.
“We, like most of the United States, are still dealing with the challenges of this pandemic,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told CNN. “But right now, we see traveling as bringing the virus, and we would prefer people not come until it’s safe to travel again.”
According to John Hopkins University, Hawaii has 637 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths. There are at least 1,419,863 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 85,964 people have died.MORE NEWS: SF Man Found Fatally Shot Early Saturday Near Oakland's Lake Merritt
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