Ige, Kawakami, Victorino discuss ‘resort bubble’ concept

County officials and lawmakers join members of the hotel industry for a tour of South Kohala resorts explaining safety and disinfection procedures in place for when visitors return. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo Westin Hapuna Beach Hotel Manager Tom Cross talks Aug. 13 about safety precautions in place for guest check-in at the South Kohala resort. Gov. David Ige, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami and Maui Mayor Mike Victorino spoke about the concept of “resort bubbles” during Thursday’s COVID-19 media conference via Zoom. The concept would allow counties to establish a program with resort or hotel facilities to institute a program to allow visitors to move through the resort while under 14-day quarantine instead of being confined to their rooms.

Guests enjoy the pool at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in 2018. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The concept of what the state calls “enhanced movement quarantine” or “resort bubble” dominated Thursday’s COVID-19 media conference as Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami and Maui Mayor Mike Victorino joined Gov. David Ige via Zoom.