Hawaiiʻs glass doors will remain open for another year, despite the looming threat of a global pandemic, as Hawaiʼi residents continue to take precautions.
On Tuesday, the state’s Department of Health and Welfare announced that it had approved a waiver that will allow people with a valid ID card to apply for a $500 exemption.
Waivers are often given for emergencies.
Hawaii was the first state to approve a waiver last year to allow residents to enter the state without an ID card.
The state has received more than 6,700 requests for a waiver, with some applications received in January and others coming in late February.
Some have since been approved, including a request from the governor, who has said he hopes to receive applications by the end of March.
The waiver, which has yet to be approved, is aimed at the stateʼs more than 1 million non-citizens.
The state was the target of a major outbreak of the coronavirus in October, but its efforts to contain it have not yet led to a spike in cases.
Awaiting approval from the Department of Public Health, state officials have said that the waiver will not affect those who currently have an ID.
However, it will allow some who are eligible to apply and will give them a temporary exemption from the requirement to get a current photo ID.