Former NBA basketball player Lazar Hayward Jr. and his travel companion, Raven Randle, were arrested after traveling to Hawaii from Los Angeles last week. The pair has been accused of falsifying COVID-19 test results in order to avoid the state’s mandatory ten-day quarantine period for unvaccinated and untested visitors.
The incident comes just after a major summer spike in Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases, as the state struggled to contain the highly contagious Delta variant. “We are strongly advising visitors that now is not the right time to travel, and they should postpone their trips through the end of October,” said Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige in an August statement.
“Our hospitals are reaching capacity and our ICUs are filling up,” he said. “Now is not a good time to travel to Hawaii.”