An adventurous New Yorker, but with a lot of publicity, is in hot water after going to the picturesque and paradisiacal Hawaii and finding himself in prison when he apparently did not follow local quarantine rules.
The 23-year-old man was arrested in the state this week after posting beach photos on Instagram, when he should have been isolating himself to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
He was arrested for violating Hawaii's mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and for "unsworn falsification of authority," said the Hawaii governor's office in a statement. declaration.
On Friday, Hawaii reported a new case of Covid-19, bringing the state total to 638 cases and 17 deaths.
Some tourists were arrested for defying the quarantine amid repression by state officials.
Tarique Peters, 23, of the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, arrived in Honolulu on Monday, according to a press release from the Hawaii Covid-19 Joint Information Center.
"He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transport," the statement said. "The authorities took note of their messages on the social networks of citizens who saw them – on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing and walking around Waikiki at night."
Officers from the state attorney general's office arrested him on Friday morning. Hotel staff told agents they saw Peters leave his room and the hotel several times.
Quarantined travelers cannot leave hotel rooms or residences for any reason, except medical emergencies. Hotel guests do not receive cleaning services and must arrange for food delivery.
Peters was hired and his bail was set at $ 4,000. He could not be reached immediately for comment.
A photo on social media from two days earlier with the location "Honolulu – Waikiki Beach" showed him carrying a surfboard on the beach. A photo from May 4 showed him wearing a mask New York.
Lawmakers have been struggling to improve quarantine enforcement, as people continue to arrive in Hawaii. On Thursday, 252 visitors and 318 residents arrived, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
During the same period last year, almost 30,000 passengers arrived daily in the state dependent on tourism.
Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said: "We appreciate the assistance of local people who identify blatant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities."
The Associated Press contributed reporting.