On Friday, Tarique Peters, 23, of the Bronx, was arrested for violating Hawaii’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rule.
Peters arrived at O’ahu on Monday and posted numerous pictures of himself on Instagram. One showed him on Honolulu’s famed Waikiki Beach.
According to Gov. David Ige’s office, “Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him – on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night.”
It seems that hotel staff confirmed to officials that they had seen Peters leave his room and the premises on numerous occasions throughout that week. Currently, he is being held instead of $4,000 bail.
Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said in a statement, “We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities.”
[NBC] A New York City tourist in Hawaii was arrested for violating the state’s quarantine rule after he shared photos of himself on Instagram at the beach, authorities said.
Tarique Peters, 23, was arrested after local residents saw the pictures and alerted Hawaiian authorities.
Staff at the hotel where Peters was staying also confirmed to authorities that they saw him leave his room and the premises several times since he arrived in O‘ahu on Monday.
“He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transportation,” a press release from the state’s COVID-19 information center states.
Here is a video of someone arrested for sitting on the beach in Hawaii. This is not Peters but someone else who seems not to be following.
After doing a little research, it seems the rule for beach-goers reads as such:
[Hawaii.gov] “All state beaches in Hawaiʻi are hereby closed. No person shall sit, stand, lie down, lounge, sunbathe, or loiter on any state beach or sand bar in Hawaiʻi, except when transiting across or through beaches to access the ocean waters for outdoor exercise purposes, such as surfing, solo paddling, and swimming, so long as physical distancing requirements are maintained.”
This comes from the governor’s office. What is ironic is that the woman that called it into local officials wasn’t wearing a mask. The police officers didn’t have a mask, and there are people in the water that look like they are having the time of their lives.
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