The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii implored the Administration to reopen trans-Pacific travel and called for the implementation of guidelines that will allow travel to resume safely before July 31:

“Every day we inch closer to an economic cliff that will close businesses permanently and destroy our local business community beyond repair if tourism does not reopen,” Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & CEO said. “It is incumbent that the Administration implement a plan to accelerate the opening of the trans-Pacific visitor economy ahead of July 31. Local businesses and workers will pay the price if safe, decisive and swift action isn’t taken.”

The Chamber currently is soliciting signatures on a petition to reopen travel safely and expedite other measures that will save businesses. This petition follows an April effort that led to over 1,000 supporters calling for economic assistance and other actions for businesses.