I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. 2020 has certainly been a challenge so far and it is likely to continue to be a challenge for the rest of the year and into 2021.
As I am sure you know already, ALL vacation rental properties except hotels are considered a non-essential business in Hawaii. With only a few exceptions, until at least June 30th no short term rentals are allowed. For most of us, this hasn’t been an issue as few people are travelling to Hawaii and the prospect of staying in quarantine for 14 days after arrival is less than appealing. There are stiff penalties for anyone renting a vacation unit to a traveler who does not comply with the quarantine requirements.
Please see https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/alerts/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
But, like all conditions in life, this is temporary and too shall pass. Your RBOAA team has been talking about what the future could hold for vacation rentals and how we can hopefully influence it.
At some point after June 30, we expect that Hawaii will cautiously reopen for tourism and the volunteers at RBOAA are working together to try and ensure that the temporary ban on vacation rentals is lifted at the same time visitors are allowed to return. We don’t want to be in a situation where visitors are only allowed to stay in hotels.
We are still working out our plan and there will be more information to come as soon as we have it – and we hope to have information very soon.
In the meantime, you should already be thinking about necessary changes to your cleaning protocols in order to put your guests at ease. If your property is part of a larger complex, you should be talking with your HOA about how common areas are being sanitized.
Stay tuned and we will keep you informed of our plans and what we need you to help us with.