All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days
Tri-state advisory will use uniform parameters and messaging across 3 states
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.
This quarantine – effective at midnight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly.
The tri-state measure will use uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites and social media. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.
"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," Cuomo said. "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."
Cuomo explained the travel advisory is not a ban. Rather, visitors from a high-infection-rate state must begin their time in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut with a 14-day quarantine.
This holding period also applies to residents of the three states who vacation in a high-infection-rate state. When these individuals return, they, too, must undergo a quarantine period.
In New York, Cuomo said those who fail to comply may be subject to a judicial order of mandatory quarantine. This might also include paying for court fees and additional fines ($2,000 for a first offense, $5,000 and $10,000 for subsequent lapses).
"Over the course of the past few months, our states have taken aggressive action to flatten the curve and beat back the coronavirus," Murphy said, "As a result of our collective efforts, we have low infection rates, falling hospitalizations, and have steadily been reopening our economies. Unfortunately, many states continue to have high transmission rates. We are proud to work with our partners in New York and Connecticut on a joint incoming travel advisory to ensure continued progress against this virus and to keep residents of the tri-state area safe."
"Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity," Lamont said. "We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers from states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress."
At this time, high-risk states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.