U.S. ends health screenings for international travelers
The U.S. has ended enhanced health screening of travelers from certain countries. The CDC said the screening protocol, which included temperature checks and questioning travelers about COVID-19 symptoms, "has limited effectiveness" because some infected people have no symptoms or only minor ones. The CDC said that of the 675,000 travelers who went through the process since January, fewer than 15 were found to have COVID-19. The agency said that it will focus on other measures, including a stronger response to reports of illness at airports, collecting passenger-contact electronically, and "potential testing to reduce the risk of travel-related transmission" of the virus.
Mexico warning lowered
The State Department has lowered its travel advisory for Mexico to a Level 3. The modified advisory, issued Sept. 8, says U.S. travelers should "reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19" as well as "crime and kidnapping." The department's Mexico advisory had been a Level 4 (do not travel) nationwide. The popular resort areas of Cabo San Lucas, Cancún and Cozumel have been allowing U.S. travelers to visit without quarantines or tests. Instead, Mexican airports have been carrying out health screening procedures such as temperature checks.
Hawaii's reopening plan
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has set Oct. 15 as the new date to launch a pre-arrivals testing program to reopen tourism. The program allows travelers who have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii to bypass a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Ige also signed Kauai's Emergency Rule 16, which would permit visitors at participating resorts to leave their hotel rooms to utilize the resort's property during a quarantine. But there's a catch: They must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, which will be tracked by the resort.