If you’re planning to travel to Hawaii, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hawaii has urged tourists to stay away from the state as COVID numbers surge to new levels but has stopped short of restricting people from visiting altogether.

“We know that it is not a good time to travel to the islands,” Gov. David Ige said on Aug. 23, urging visitors to stay away until the end of October. “The visitors who choose to come to the islands will not have the typical kind of holiday that they expect to get when they visit.”

Ige says tourists will face rental car shortages as well as limited access to restaurants and other places to eat.

Customers in restaurants, bars and social establishments must stay seated with parties keeping at least 6 feet apart. Maximum group sizes are 10 indoors and 25 outdoors. Masks must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. No mingling is allowed.

With about 77,000 cases and 738 deaths reported as of Sept. 24, Hawaii has seen relatively low numbers compared with other states. It’s also had some of the strictest lockdown and travel measures of any state.

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