Visitors from nearly half of the U.S. states face stringent coronavirus travel requirements when traveling to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Governors Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), Ned Lamont (D-CT), and Phil Murphy (D-NJ) announced on Tuesday that visitors from Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. They join 18 other states whose visitors are subject to quarantine.
The additions come after the governors first enacted the travel rules in June that originally applied to nine states with active community spread of COVID-19 cases. They have continued to expand the list since as the outbreak continues to grow rapidly in the U.S.
The advisory now includes visitors from 22 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Delaware, which was added to the list on July 7, has now been removed.
The self-quarantine applies to visitors from states with a positive test rate greater than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day average or with a case positive rate greater than 10% over the same period.
The expanded list follows New York’s announcement on Monday that visitors from the identified states who refuse to provide their contact information for purposes of contact-tracing to control the outbreak will be issued a $2,000 fine.
New York City—and by extension, the tristate area— was once the world’s viral epicenter but has been on a steady decline for weeks, hitting such milestones as reporting zero COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday.
The three governors said they are committed to maintaining the health of their constituencies, stopping the transmission, and continuing to reopen businesses in phased and appropriately timed measures.