HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii could potentially implement a program that would require people to show proof of vaccination at indoor bars, restaurants and gyms, similar to what happened in New York City and San Francisco, Lt. Gov. Josh Green on Friday.
“We’re working on it right now,” Green told Hawaii News Now. “And it would be temporary. People should consider it a reward for going the extra mile for safety. It shouldn’t be a punishment. “
New York City was the first in the country to introduce a vaccine mandate for these indoor businesses, and San Francisco followed suit with similar policies.
“We have several partners, we could use the Safe Travels website so we could get a QR code that way, we could use Clear and Common Pass,” said Green.
Green also spoke to the Honolulu Star Advertiser in his Spotlight Honolulu Conversation on Friday, saying the proposal would soon be presented to the governor.
He said a lockdown – or even a curfew – would not be in place right now as the focus should be on restricting gatherings and increasing vaccinations to curb the spread of COVID.
“I know there are people out there who say, ‘Just take it all off,’ but that’s a pretty difficult thing to do when all of a sudden a family that has been vaccinated can’t pay their rent, is unable to get it pay their mortgage will not be able to pay for groceries for their children, possibly no additional unemployment protection, “he said. “You have been vaccinated. You did the right thing, so here the debate is real. “
Similarly, he said the state is unlikely to reintroduce a pre-travel testing program for vaccinated individuals, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say travel is safe for vaccinated individuals and that it wouldn’t stand up in court.
The focus should be on community diffusion, not travel, which is a small percentage of the cases.
“If fewer people came, there would be fewer people working and interacting with each other, and so the number of cases would decrease, but of course the costs would increase, poverty would increase. People wouldn’t be able to pay their rents and so on, ”said Green.
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