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New York (along with New Jersey and Connecticut) instituted a mandatory 14 day quarantine on June 24th for arrivals to the state from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
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New York Sees Just 7 COVID Deaths on Sunday – None in NYC
As a New Yorker, I can say that New Yorkers are still taking this very seriously. Wearing masks and distancing. I won’t say EVERYONE is (we’ve all seen the pictures of a crowded sidewalk bar, etc), but when you walk down the street, almost everyone has a mask on when they can’t distance outdoors. Really.
And we are proud that we’ve gotten things under control. Usually this is where someone points out the mistake Cuomo made with nursing homes (yes, he did).
But we took the hand we were dealt – with the combination of the influx of coronavirus from Europe before flights were shut down and the density in which we live along with the public transit system that many simply can’t get to work without.
Most of us are nervous about a Second Wave – and we are doing all we can to prevent that.
New York Adds Emergency Enforcement Measures
One of the number one questions I saw after this was announced was “How will they enforce it?”
Today, New York State declared an Emergency Health Order which mandates that Out-of-State Travelers from the states on the quarantine list complete the DOH Traveler Form when they enter New York State. This can be filled out when boarding your flight or electronically.
Airports will have large teams handling enforcement, comprised of a mix of government peace officers, health officials, and law enforcement (Port Authority and State Police, depending on the airport).
If you are caught leaving the airport without having filled out the DOH Traveler Form, you can be fined $2,000.
If entering via train or car, you need to fill this out electronically. While the state doesn’t state any planned law enforcement for car or train travelers, I believe they would have the authority under this declaration to check. I can see this potentially occurring on Amtrak, perhaps at NY Penn Station, though again they state no plans to do so. I do not envision police pulling over cars to check, though you should be aware that if you are pulled over for another reason (speeding or any other moving violation) they could ask for proof if your license reveals that you are from an affected state.
Four States Added to Quarantine List for NY/NJ/CT
Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin now qualify for a 14-day mandatory quarantine if entering New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.
That means that all of the states below are now subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine:
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
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