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Tarique Peters arrived in O’ahu on Monday and multiple photos on Instagram showed that the tourist had left his hotel room despite signing an agreement when he arrived to the island to self quarantine for 14 days.
“Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him — on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night. This morning agents were able to confirm with hotel personnel that had seen Peters leave his room and the premises on numerous occasions this week.”
– news release from Hawaii Governor’s office
Peters was arrested on Friday and his bail was set at $4,000
“We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities.”
– Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connor
All tourist who come to Hawaii must sign an agreement that they will self quarantine for the first 14 days they are on the island. They must also list their lodging and contact information. The order is in effect until at least the end of June.
“By signing the legal document, they acknowledge they understand violating the order is a criminal offense and they are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or a year imprisonment,”
– Hawaii’s Department of Transportation
Recently a couple from California was arrested for also violating the mandatory self quarantine after they refused to listen to staff at their hotel to remain in their room.
So if you plan to travel to Hawaii in the next month or so you might want to reconsider if it’s only for a short period of time. You will be forced to sign an agreement that you won’t go out for any reason during the 14 day self quarantine period.
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