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US supports legal challenge to Hawaii traveler quarantine

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 01:52:16-04

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a traveler quarantine in Hawaii that was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus discriminates against out-of-state residents.

The Justice Department has filed a statement of interest in a federal lawsuit filed by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii and are challenging the quarantine mandate.

Travelers arriving in Hawaii must quarantine for 14 days or face arrest.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday announced plans for pre-testing travelers as an alternative to the quarantine starting August 1.

The Hawaii attorney general’s office says the Justice Department’s arguments and the lawsuit have no merit.