Today in a joint press conference, the governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut announced mandatory 14-day quarantines for out-of-state visitors from states with rising coronavirus infections.
As the New York tri-state region recovers from the pandemic, other states are experiencing record increases in COVID-19 infections.
Travelers from states with infection levels of 10 percent per 100,000 population on a seven-day rolling average will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that, as of now, the new mandate applies to travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
“We’ve reluctantly decided this is the thing we have to do,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said. “We’ve seen real community spread.”
The governors said they have discussed the possibility of offering an alternative to the quarantine, perhaps allowing visitors to present proof of recent negative tests for the virus upon their arrival.