Chicago Cubs: Low risk for Cubs and MLB to play in Hawaii
By Jim Guzior
Why MLB and the Chicago Cubs need a place like Hawaii and playing there could help the economy
Hawaii tried to shut its doors to the outside world when the pandemic hit and rightfully so with scores of Chinese travelers and all the Indo-Asian countries in the Pacific flowing into the island as tourists daily. Last year as many as 30,000 tourists came to the Hawaiian islands in a single day, and the average is just a bit lower.
Hawaii Governor David Ige was only able to manage, putting every visitor to Hawaii under a 14-day quarantine in their hotel. Visitors thought this was a joke until they started getting arrested and fined up to $5,000 for leaving their hotel rooms. As of last week, people are still getting arrested for breaking the island quarantine rules.
In the morning, the local Hawaii newspaper posts the mugshots of the quarantine violators on the front page of the paper. Like the thoughtless tourists, they are; some are smiling in their mugshots. Hawaii people are not smiling. They see these tourists as assassins that left their homes somewhere in the world, to bring the plague to Hawaii homes. Many of the comments online to these stories support the strong actions of the state because those actions are keeping the Hawaii people safe.
I mean, how’d you like it if you had to stay at home in quarantine by the Governor of your State, but tourists were outside breaking the law and rolling around the islands infecting everything?