State begins enforcing 14-day shelter-in-place order for arriving travelers

  • Courtesy photo U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Kathryn P. Sanborn speaks at a news conference Thursday.

  • Courtesy photo State Department of Transportation spokesman Tim Sakahara speaks at a news conference Thursday.

  • Courtesy photo Lt. Gov. Josh Green speaks at a news conference Thursday.

  • Courtesy photo Gov. David Ige speaks at a news conference Thursday.

  • Courtesy photo State Health Director Bruce Anderson speaks at a news conference Thursday.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A line is formed outside of Home Depot in Hilo on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Although the store has stayed open as an essential business, management has tried to control the amount of people allowed inside at one time.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A fisherman reels in a line at Keaukaha Beach Park in Hilo on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Hilo has closed the beach parks to help alleviate the spread of COVID-19.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Alex Spivak, left, and Walter Grenell talk with a lifeguard before entering the water at Honoli’i Beach Park in Hilo on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Although the park is closed, surfers can go out to the water as long as they don’t stay on the beach.

The state’s new policy of quarantining air travelers for two weeks already has reduced visitation rates to a trickle.