A California couple was arrested at a Hawaii hotel on Thursday for allegedly violating the island state's mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers.
Officials say the couple, from California's Citrus Heights, came to Honolulu on their honeymoon and arrived at the hotel late Wednesday, when a front desk manager informed them about the self-quarantine order.
The couple allegedly told the manager that airport personnel told them contradictory information, and after further discussion of the rules, the Californians “scoffed at him again and then left the hotel,” according to a press release from Hawaii's COVID-19 Joint Information Center.
The couple, aged 20 and 26, subsequently returned to the hotel with a pizza after midnight, and refused to sign the quarantine acknowledgment, officials say.
The couple was informed again Thursday morning that they were in violation of the state’s quarantine requirements before being arrested, according to the release.
“We appreciate the vigilance and cooperation of the hotel staff, and staff at other hotels, in helping maintain the health and safety of visitors and residents,” Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said in a statement to CNN.
“It is important that everyone flying into Hawai‘i at this time, abide by our mandatory rules. Law enforcement, in partnership with other state and county agencies and the travel industry, are continuing to monitor compliance with the mandatory self-quarantine rule.”
Hawaii Gov. David Ige issued a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving in the state after March 26, and continuing through May 31.