Hawaii struggles to enforce vacation rental quarantines – USA TODAY

Associated Press Published 8:17 a.m. ET May 23, 2020 | Updated 6:46 p.m. ET May 23, 2020


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Honolulu is not capable of effectively enforcing a mandatory, 14-day quarantine on visitors staying in Oahu vacation rentals during the coronavirus pandemic, an official said.

Honolulu’s Acting Director of Planning and Permitting Kathy Sokugawa told state senators her department does not have the ability to monitor activity at reported vacation rentals, Hawaii Public Radio reported Thursday.

“We definitely aren’t able to help with the self-isolation and quarantine,” said Sokugawa, whose department is responsible for enforcing the city’s short-term rental ordinance.

Vacation rentals were designated nonessential businesses and ordered by Democratic Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

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