The tri-state area will require visitors coming from states with high rates of COVID-19 spread to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
The Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut made the announcement earlier today, June 24, saying it will go into effect at midnight tonight.
It comes at a time when COVID-19 rates are rapidly increasing again across the country, except in our few surrounding states. According to CovidActNow.org, we are currently the only states “on track” to contain COVID-19 (along with Massachusetts).
This is based on the number of infections and deaths, testing rates, hospital capacity, and tracing efforts:
The states that will be part of the new travel advisory will be based on the “number of infections per 100,000 residents on a 7-day rolling average,” according to CNBC.
Currently, that means the advisory will apply to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. NY, CT and NJ will continually update their websites with any changes to the list.
If visitors do not voluntarily quarantine, they will be fined and then mandated to quarantine. The fines start at $2,000 and can go up to $10,000.
I am announcing with @GovMurphy and @GovNedLamont a joint travel advisory. All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID into NY, NJ, or CT must quarantine for 14 days.
This travel advisory is effective midnight tonight.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 24, 2020
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