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Latest COVID 19 News For Hawaii

 

Interisland Travel Begins on June 16, 2020

June 2, 2016

As the State of Hawaii begins a phased reopening,  Hawaii residents may travel interisland without quarantining for two weeks beginning June 16, 2020.  Tourists arriving in Hawaii must still quarantine for two weeks.

All travelers will be required to fill out a form related to COVID 19 tracing and to undergo thermal screening at the airport.  Those with a temperature above 100.4º F will not be allowed to travel.

 

Tim Sakahara, Public Information Officer of the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, has provided the following information about the airport staffs efforts to keep us safe as we travel through the airports:
 

HDOT has been very aggressive in cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting is facilities. The custodial staff at the airports are continuously cleaning, especially the high touch points like elevator buttons, hand rails and doorknobs. Deep disinfecting is done by the overnight shift.

At the passenger verification checkpoints where people complete and submit the forms the employees are wearing PPE. They sanitize the pen after each use. Passengers are able to bring their own pen if it is a concern.

More than 250 new hand sanitizer dispensers were purchased and strategically placed around our airports, this is in addition to what was already established prior to the pandemic.

The TSA Checkpoints and equipment are cleaned by the federal government. The agency has made the following statement regarding its checkpoints:

Bins in use in the security checkpoint are like any other piece of public property and should be treated as such. With hundreds of travelers coming through an airport security checkpoint each hour, the bins are a common use item.

Do not place personal items such as wallets, keys or phone in a bin. Instead, secure them in carry-on property to be screened through the x-ray system.

As a reminder, travelers are permitted to bring individually-packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on or checked luggage. Jumbo containers of hand wipes are also allowed in carry-on or checked luggage. Liquid hand sanitizers must adhere to TSA’s liquid quantity restrictions. Quantities of 3.4 ounces or less are permitted in carry-on luggage while quantities greater than 3.4 ounces should travel in checked luggage.

TSA encourages all travelers to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel and prevention guidance regarding COVID-19. Although TSA is not involved in the medical screening of travelers when they fly to, from and within the United States, the agency continues to work closely with government and industry partners to contain the spread of the virus.

 

Hawaiian Airlines is also taking extra precautions for passengers.  Updates on Hawaiian Airlines COVID 19 procedures can be found at https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/coronavirus/kys.  Southwest's efforts to ensure passenger safety for COVID 19 can be found at https://www.southwest.com/Coronavirus/#destination-hawaii .  

 

Further updates for Governor Ige's announcements about COVID 19 can be found at https://governor.hawaii.gov/category/newsroom/.

 

The University of Hawaii released a report on April 15, 2020, entitled "Crunch the Curve: Urgent Steps Hawaii Can Take to Contain the COVID 19 Pandemic"

April 20, 2020

The report details a plan for Hawaii to minimize, as best we can, the impact of COVID 19. 

 

These Are the Latest News Items Related to Stimulus Payments for Individuals Coming From the CARES Act, Phase 3

April 23, 2020

If you get Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits via direct deposit and didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return: Your payment will arrive in late April.

Nearly 99% of people who get these benefits receive them via direct deposit. That means the overwhelming majority of Social Security recipients are scheduled to receive coronavirus relief checks by the end of April.

If you get SSI: If you're an adult who receives SSI benefits, you should have your payment by early May, at the latest. Your payment will be deposited in the same way you usually receive your benefit.

Special Circumstances:  If you are a couple who is not required to file a tax return and has not because your income is low and only one of you is receiving Social Security benefits or SSI, you will only receive the $1200 for the spouse who is receiving benefits unless you immediately notify the IRS that you are a couple by entering your information in the non-filers website at: 

 https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

If you do not notify the IRS and receive only the $1200 for one individual you will be able to claim the remaining $1200 for your spouse on your 2020 tax return filed by April 15, 2021.

Those who receive a paper check are in for a long wait: The IRS will begin mailing checks the week of April 20, starting with those who have incomes below $10,000. Each week, it will send another five million checks to groups with progressively higher incomes.

SSI and Veterans Affairs Benefit Recipients with Dependents: Register Now On the Non-Filers Website If You Do Not File Taxes

 

Register now if you receive SSI or VA benefits, have qualifying children under 17, and didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.  Use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool below to register to have $500 per child added to your $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. 

 https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

 

A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul,  For A Deadline on April 22, 2020
April 20, 2020

"People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information. Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon. ...  If beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200. People would then be required to file a 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child."

 

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