People traveling to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from eight additional states will have to remain in quarantine for 14 days upon entry, bringing the total number of states on the governors’ “travel advisory” list to 16, officials said Tuesday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced in a press release Tuesday morning that travelers from the following states must quarantine:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Earlier in the day, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced plans to adopt the same mandate in a bid to keep under control the number of new coronavirus cases in their respective states.
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“As an increasing number of states across the country grapple with significant community expansion, New York is taking steps to maintain the precarious security of its gradual and data-based reopening,” Cuomo said in a statement provided of a statement. “We have established metrics for community outreach just as we have established metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight other states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for the New York travel advisory” .
Cuomo had said last week that he, along with the governors of Connecticut and New Jersey, would implement a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from states with high rates of coronavirus infection.
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The announcement came when summer trips to states’ beaches, parks, and other attractions, not to mention New York City, would normally kick off.
It also marked a flip-flop in the COVID-19 battle since March, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, separately issued orders requiring people to fly in from the tri-state area. from New York, where cases were quarantined for 14 days.
The application varies by state. The Cuomo administration said violators in New York will be subject to mandatory quarantine and face fines of $ 2,000 to $ 10,000. Violators could be discovered at business meetings or during a traffic stop, he said.
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Quarantine applies to people who come from states with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents on an average of seven days, or with a positivity rate of 10 percent or more for seven days.
As of Thursday, the states above the threshold were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah, and Texas.
Kathleen Foster and Maria Paronich of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.