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Updated emergency proclamation officially includes cruise ship passengers in Safe Travels

Associated Press
In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Hawaiʻi Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaiʻi.

Gov. David Ige signed on Wednesday the latest COVID-19 emergency proclamation, keeping in place current restrictions and officially requiring cruise ship passengers to abide by Safe Travels requirements.

Cruise ships have already been following the testing or vaccination requirements through port agreements with the state.

The first cruise ships to Hawaiʻi since the onset of the pandemic arrived in the islands this month.

No other significant changes were made. Current restrictions such as wearing masks indoors and Safe Travels remain in place.

This emergency proclamation will be in effect until at least March 25.

"Mask wearing and asking travelers to get vaccinated or tested before they fly to Hawaiʻi are among some of the measures that have helped keep COVID-19 case numbers manageable for our limited resources here. I thank everyone for their diligence and patience," Ige said.

The governor encouraged residents to get fully vaccinated or get their booster shots if eligible.

Find information on vaccine and testing sites at hawaiicovid19.com.

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