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Utah man arrested twice for violating Hawaii travel quarantine

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Posted at 11:03 AM, Jan 12, 2021

LĪHU‘E, Hawaii — A Bountiful man's Hawaiian vacation became a nightmare of his own doing after he was arrested twice for violating the state's 10-day travel quarantine rule.

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David Barnes, 50, arrived on the island of Kauai on Dec. 28 and was instructed to immediately quarantine for 10 days. After securing reservations at a local hotel, Barnes was allowed to leave the airport.

Instead of traveling to his hotel, Barnes left by foot and was seen walking to a nearby Costco. Police arrested Barnes for violating the state's COVID-19 rules and released on $1,000 bail and ordered to complete his quarantine.

On Jan. 5, Barnes was found to be in violation of the quarantine again and arrested on three counts of violating Hawaii's emergency rules. Barnes was also charged with one count of simple trespass and remains at the Kaua‘i Community Correction Center.

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In videos posted to social media, Barnes can be seen walking around the grounds of his hotel, complaining about the quarantine rules.

WARNING: Language in the following video may be inappropriate for some.

David Barnes Resort Video

"This place is tyranny," says Barnes. "Kauai Communist Party. I'm a Chinese spy sent to Kauai sent by TikTok to f___ with Kauai and its people."

"What a drag!" Barnes says in another video.

David Barnes Hotel Room Video

Since Nov. 24, travelers to Hawaii without a valid negative COVID-19 test must self-quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. Kauai Police say they have made 192 arrests for violations of the quarantine rules.