After three months of encouraging tourists to stay away from Hawaii, the state will begin easing its mandatory quarantine on August 1.
"Now is the time to work together as a community to ensure that our residents and local businesses can safely return to a larger volume of travelers," Gov. David Ige said in a press conference at Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
Hawaiian Airlines said on July 1 it will add hundreds of weekly flights to its schedule between Hawaii and the US mainland, as the state government eases its quarantine rules.
The restrictions have mandated a 14-day quarantine for nearly all travelers in and out of the state, as well as for travel among its islands.
Those rules have made travel into the state almost nonexistent since April, according to a major airline industry group.
Starting August 1, the state will allow travelers to avoid the quarantine as long as they can show that they've tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of their arrival.
The state said it will not provide testing for passengers at the airport, and travelers will still be required to undergo temperature checks.
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Gregory Wallace, CNN