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UPDATE: Hawai‘i State Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 will convene Wednesday, July 15

The special committee will convene at 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, to assess and advise the Senate regarding the Governor's plans to reopen tourism on August 1, 2020. Additionally, the committee shall review the current status of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program. Discussion to include, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Review and assess reopening plans and procedures for screening, testing, and contact tracing;

  2. Review and assess the current state of the SafeTravels application;

  3. Review and assess whether the Department of Transportation – Airports Division's plans and procedures have been adequately implemented to safeguard public health and safety in preparation for reopening;

  4. Review and assess the plans and management of available federal and state funding;

  5. Review and assess all fraud management implementation regarding the PUA program;

  6. Review and assess the status of current PUA payment distributions; and

  7. To communicate and disseminate information obtained therefrom.

The special committee will be meeting with the following:

12:00 p.m. Department of the Attorney General

Ms. Clare Connors, Attorney General

Department of Health

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Director

Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist

Department of Transportation – Airports Division

Mr. Ford Fuchigami, Administrator

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Mr. Chris Tatum, CEO

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be live streaming online at olelo.org

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.

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