New York man arrested in Hawaii after posting beach photos on Instagram

Hawaii discourages tourists from coming to the state until June
The 23-year-old man was arrested for violating Hawaii’s 14-day mandatory quarantine policy and for “unworn forgery to the authority,” on The Hawaii governor’s office said in a statement.

He arrived in O’ahu on Monday and quickly posted numerous photos of himself on the beach on Instagram. He allegedly used public transportation to get to the many places he was pictured, the statement said.

“The authorities learned of his social media posts from citizens who saw his posts – on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing and walking around Waikiki at almost,” says the note.

Information about the man’s attorney was not immediately available.

Hawaii reported 638 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths.

In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, the state requires island travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days without leaving their hotel room or residence. They are required to fill out a document acknowledging that the quarantine violation is a crime punishable by a $ 5,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the state transportation department.

The state extended the mandatory quarantine until the end of June, Governor David Ige said in an online Q&A session.

Many visitors, including a honeymoon couple, were arrested for ignoring the state’s quarantine orders.

“We, like most of the United States, are still facing the challenges of this pandemic,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told CNN. “But right now, we see traveling how to carry the virus and we would prefer that people don’t come until it is safe to travel again.”

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