UPDATED 11:43 AM PT — Wednesday, July 8, 2020
A cluster of COVID-19 cases involving over a dozen flight attendants for Hawaiian Airlines has continued to grow. That’s according to the airline Tuesday. It revealed 14 of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. Those individuals are now said to be in quarantine.
This new cluster of cases is linked to a recent training session for flight attendants, which was held at airline headquarters in Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines temporarily cancelled training to deep clean its facilities. The airline already requires travelers wear face masks while boarding and in the air.
“Demand looks pretty good, but remembering now that we have voluntarily capped our loads at 70% so that we can make sure that people are somewhat spread apart,” stated Ann Botticell, spokeswoman for Hawaiian Airlines.
The airline plans to resume a reduced schedule of flights between Hawaii and the mainland starting August 1. On that same day, Hawaii will begin allowing some out-of-state travelers to skip a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
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“I kind of have mixed feelings about it honestly,” said Maui resident Lisa Torres. “I mean, I know we need it because we’re so dependent on tourism, but at the same time the cases have been rising and that’s kind of scary.”
In order to avoid the mandatory quarantine, visitors will be required to show proof they don’t have the coronavirus.