Hospitality firm Highgate’s seven Hawaii hotels, including Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, will require proof of full vaccination for all employees, guests and patrons effective October 15, 2021. The company announced the measure Sept. 8, at a time the state faces its highest daily Covid-19 case counts of the pandemic.
In addition to the Alohilani, the firm's Hawaiian properties are the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel; Park Shore Waikiki; Ambassador Waikiki Hotel; Pearl Waikiki Hotel; Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, and Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach. Highgate is the first hospitality company in the state to mandate guest vaccinations.
Guests will be able to upload their vaccine records prior to arrival.
Highgate's policy makes allowances for medical or religious exemptions,
in addition to exceptions for children younger than 12 who are not
currently eligible for vaccination under FDA guidelines.
"Whether you are a Hawaii resident or a visitor to the Hawaii Islands, it’s our top priority that everyone in the state remains safe and healthy," said Kelly Sanders, senior vice president of operations for Highgate Hawaii. "Ensuring a safe, clean and inviting environment is at the core of our commitment to providing the highest level of hospitality."
Tourism officials and industry representatives praised the move, noting that
increasing the state's vaccination rate is the best way to bring
Covid-19 case numbers down.
"No doubt others in our
industry will see the value of such a comprehensive approach," said John
De Fries, president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Beginning Sept. 13, patrons of bars, restaurants, gyms, museums and other indoor attractions on Oahu will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative result from a recent Covid-19 test. See Northstar's state-by-by-state health guidelines for the latest updates.