June 24, 2020 / 3:24 PM / 17 days ago

U.S. backs lawsuit challenging Hawaii's coronavirus quarantine for travelers

FILE PHOTO: Waikiki Beach is nearly empty due to the business downturn caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. April 28, 2020. Picture taken April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Garcia/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has thrown its support behind a lawsuit challenging Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine for those entering the state, saying visitors are being denied rights granted to most island residents.

Tuesday’s filing in support of the lawsuit, filed by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii, is the latest Justice Department decision to back legal challenges targeting coronavirus measures being taken in various states, including Illinois and Maine.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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