WebMD News Brief

Northeast Adds 8 More States to Quarantine List

Coronavirus

July 1, 2020 -- Visitors who travel to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be required to quarantine for 14 days if they arrive from eight additional states: California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday, just days after the three governors announced travel restrictions for visitors from eight initial states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

“As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening,” Cuomo said in a statement about the updated advisory.

Last Thursday, the tri-state governors issued a joint travel advisory for people returning from states with “significant community-wide spread” of COVID-19. The list is based on a seven-day rolling average for states that have higher than a 10% positivity rate for tests or positive cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents.

The travel advisory doesn’t apply to people who pass through states for a “limited duration,” or less than 24 hours, while traveling. This includes rest stops for cars, buses or trains and layovers for flights, buses and trains.

Enforcement varies by state. During the initial announcement, Cuomo said violators could face mandatory quarantine and fines between $2,000 and $10,000. According to his executive order, violators could receive a penalty up to $10,000.

At the same time, Massachusetts will no longer require visitors from certain Northeast states to quarantine for 14 days, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday. Starting on Wednesday, visitors don’t need to quarantine if they travel from seven states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

“Everybody should continue to be vigilant in their daily activities,” Baker said during a press briefing. “If they travel, as we approach the July 4 weekend, they should be especially careful.”

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on July 01, 2020

Sources

New York State, “COVID-19 Travel Advisory.”

New York State, “Governor Cuomo Announces Individuals Traveling to New York From Eight Additional States Will Be Required to Quarantine for 14 Days.”

New York State, “Executive Order NO. 205: Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York.”

© 2020 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.