Hawaii State Contractors Must Be Vaccinated Or Test Weekly

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige is requiring government contractors and visitors to state facilities to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Ige issued an executive order Thursday that takes effect Monday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

State contractors must attest to their employees' vaccination status or provide weekly tests for unvaccinated staff.

Contractors also must wear masks and maintain physical distance while on state property.

The order also applies to visitors to state facilities. It does not apply to beaches or outdoor state properties.

Inmates at correctional facilities, patients at state hospitals and children under 12 or students attending state public or charter schools are exempt.

Travelers arriving at airports are also exempt.

The order says it is for the “safety of the government workforce during this ongoing escalation in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths resulting from the delta variant."

Last month, Ige issued an executive order requiring state and county employees to be either vaccinated or tested weekly.