Gov. Cuomo Reduces Quarantine for Travelers to New York from Two Weeks to Three Days

Gov. Cuomo Reduces Quarantine for Travelers to New York from Two Weeks to Three Days

By Yehudit Garmaise

   Instead of having to quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in New York state, now, travelers, only have to quarantine for three days and then prove that they have tested COVID negative before going out and about, said Gov. Cuomo, who the new rules apply to all visitors to New York, even those coming from areas with high levels of COVID positivity.

  “There will be one rule that applies across the country,” explained Gov. Cuomo at a press briefing in Albany today.

   Residents of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, however, are exempted from Gov. Cuomo’s new mandate, and commuters who regularly travel to and from New York are not required to be tested every day.

      All other travelers to New York, however, must show proof of a negative COVID test with three days of arriving in New York state, quarantine for three more days, and, finally, secure a new COVID-19 test on their fourth day in the state. 

   Travelers who test COVID-positive must isolate for two weeks, but those who test negative after their three-day quarantines “are free to go about their business,” Gov. Cuomo said today.

   Any traveler who refuses to be tested will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

   Gov. Cuomo said that New Yorkers, who leave their home state and then return home with one day, do not have to quarantine upon their return, but they must take a COVID test within four days of returning home. New Yorkers who leave the state for longer than 24 hours, however, will be subject to the same three-day quarantine as other travelers to New York. 

   The governor’s new mandate for three-day quarantines and proof of COVID negative tests has replaced his quarantine advisory list, which restricted travel from 40 American coronavirus hotspots.

 (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

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