Tarique off for a paddle and a trip to the slammer - one of the offending photos from his Instagram.
Waikiki Beach is nearly empty due to the business downturn caused by Covid-19.
18 May 20
A New York City tourist was arrested in Waikiki 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.
Peters posted numerous photos of himself as he walked around Waikiki, went to the beach with a surfboard and sunbathed, the release states.
He was arrested on Friday by special agents with the state Department of the Attorney General for violating a rule that travellers to Hawaii self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and for “unsworn falsification to authority,” according to the release.
Peters is being held on a $4,000 bail. A local man was with Peters when he was taken into custody, and charges for that man are pending.
It is not clear if Peters has legal representation.
“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,” Attorney General Clare Connors said.
The Hawaii Transportation Department in April said travellers arriving in Hawaii must self-quarantine and sign a document acknowledging that violating the rule is a criminal offence that could result in a $5,000 fine and/or a year in jail.
- AUTHOR: MINYVONNE BURKE
-- SOURCE: NBC NEWS