I know there are much bigger issues at hand than "where am I going to go on vacation this Winter?" but our Manitoba Summer has been so great. Aside from the brutal rains that started the season, and a few mosquitos, the season has been a treat. But we all know this won't last forever. The cold will come. The snow. The terrible wind chill. And what if there's no place to escape during a worldwide pandemic?
Here comes Hawaii to the rescue!
Over the weekend, the US state revealed that Canadians will be welcomed without quarantine measures starting Sept. 1, 2020. Hawaii imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all out-of-state travelers at the start of the pandemic, but the state's Department of Transportation says it will soon be open to "all trans-Pacific travelers." You'll have a choice between taking a COVID-19 test before you arrive, and a negative test result means no 14-day quarantine. The test must be taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Hawaii. The land border between the U.S. and Canada has been closed since March 21, but air travel has not been restricted for Canadians going into the U.S. Meanwhile, Canadian airlines have been preparing to reopen routes to Hawaii. Westjet is set to resume its non-stop flights from Vancouver to Hawaiian destinations on Sept. 5, and Air Canada will follow suit on Sept. 8.