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

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

A tourist in New York was arrested after he posted pictures of the beach on Instagram while he was in quarantine.

Hawaii's Governor's Office said in a statement that a 23-year-old man was arrested for violating Hawaii's 14-day mandatory quarantine rule and "unauthorized forgery."

He arrived in Oahu on Monday and quickly posted several pictures of himself on the beach on Instagram. According to the statement, he used public transport to be photographed at several locations.

The statement said officers came to know about his social media posts from citizens who saw his post: surfboard on the beach, sunbathe and walk around Vicky at night.

Information on the man's lawyer was not immediately available.

There have been 638 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths in Hawaii.

In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the state requires self-quarantine travelers to the islands for 14 days, leaving their hotel rooms or accommodations. According to the state Department of Transportation, they have to complete a document acknowledging that there is a provision of a $ 5,000 fine and a prison sentence of up to one year for violating quarantine.

Governor David Ige extended mandatory quarantine until the end of June in an online question and answer session.

On their honeymoon, several visitors, including a newly-married couple, have been arrested for ignoring the state's quarantine orders.

"We, like most of the United States, are still struggling with the challenges of this epidemic," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told CNN. "But right now, we see that the journey is carrying the virus, and we would prefer that people do not come until it is safe to travel again."

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