Governors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have enacted a joint incoming travel advisory that will require travelers coming from certain areas to quarantine for two weeks.
Announced Wednesday and made effective at midnight last night, the new travel advisory requires anyone coming from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days from the time of last contact within the identified state.
The quarantine applies to anyone arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or from a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. In recent days more than half of the states have reported a resurgence of the virus following the reopening of businesses and public venues.
“In New York, we went from the highest number of cases to some of the lowest rates in the country — no one else had to bend the curve as much as we did and now we have to make sure that the rate continues to drop in our entire region,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’ve been working with our neighbors in New Jersey and Connecticut throughout this entire pandemic, and we’re announcing a joint travel advisory that says people coming in from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days. We’ve worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down and we don’t want to see it go up again because people are traveling into the state and bringing it with them.”
The tri-state measure will use uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media across the three states, officials said. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.
Separately, President Trump, who is planning a trip to his Bedminster golf club this weekend, has said he does not plan to quarantine, despite having recently been in Arizona, one of the states designated as a hotspot requiring quarantine. In a statement, a White House spokesman said the president is not a civilian and anyone who has come in contact with him has been tested for COVID-19 and the results were negative.
The quarantine advisory at this point applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas.