The lockdown meant that there was protection from COVID-19 for Hawaii’s residents, but a huge loss of jobs in the tourism industry.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March 2020 was 2.1%; in April and May 2020, it was 21.9%.
On Oct. 15, 2020, the Hawaii government began welcoming travelers again through the Safe Travels Hawaii program.

While some criticize the strict measures being taken, the program has done its fair share of good for Hawaii while bringing tourists back.
As of April 8, 2021, Hawaii has seen a total of 2,342,281 travelers since the program began.

Almost 75% of those travelers were visitors, and because of the program’s safety measures, there have been few travel-related COVID-19 cases in the state.
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