Gainesville couple arrested for quarantine violation

Waikiki's historic Royal Hawaiian hotel against the blue Pacific
Waikiki's historic Royal Hawaiian hotel against the blue Pacific

The Hawaii attorney general’s office announced that special agents arrested a Gainesville couple on Friday for allegedly violating the state’s quarantine rules.

According to a press release, special agents from the attorney general’s investigations division arrested 43-year-old Andrew J. Edmonson and his wife, 34-year-old Gabriela Girao Edmondson, at a Waikīkī hotel. Agents say the Edmonsons both signed and acknowledged their safe travel form, which required them to be quarantined for 10 days in their hotel.

When they checked into to their designated location of quarantine, the iconic Royal Hawaiian hotel overlooking Waikīkī Beach, the hotel staff informed them that they would be issued a one-time entrance key and could not leave their room until their quarantine was over. They were angered and told them they were not prisoners and asked how they were supposed to eat.

The state the couple then left the hotel, after which management informed the investigations division of the incident. Special agents later located the couple at another hotel and arrested them for violating their quarantine agreement.

“The health and safety of our guests is our top priority,” says the website for The Royal Hawaiian, which is owned by Marriott. The website includes information about “what to expect” when staying at the hotel. 

Bail was set at $2,000 for each person. Gabriela Girao Edmondson was identified as a Brazilian national and her embassy has been informed of her arrest.

Hawaii has had more than 25,000 reported cases of COVID-19 and 407 deaths attributed to the disease. 

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