New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut again this week revised the list of states whose residents must self-quarantine when visiting the tristate area. Visitors from just 12 states can travel to the region freely —just as New York City prepares for further reopening.
For the first time in weeks, four states — Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia — were added to the travel advisory.
The majority of states’ visitors are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or be subject to fines as severe as $2,000 — at least in New York — for failing to provide contact information for contact-tracing purposes.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), alongside Govs. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) and Ned Lamont (D-CT), first announced the joint travel advisory on June 24 to limit the transmission of COVID-19. The initial announcement included just nine states and has grown to 35 states plus Guam, a U.S. territory.
Each state is evaluated by its active outbreak numbers. Visitors must self-quarantine if their home state has 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 states and territories subject to the self-quarantine rules are:
Other states also require some element of self-quarantine or recent negative COVID-19 test results for out-of-state visitors including Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont.
In recent weeks, states like California, Texas, and Florida have eclipsed New York’s total number of COVID-19 cases.
Given that the Empire State recently notched 33 consecutive days of less than 1% of new positive COVID cases, Gov. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that indoor dining will resume in New York City beginning Sept. 30. Gyms, salons, and museums reopened in August.
Occupancy will be capped to 25%, every patron must comply with a temperature check, and one member of each party will be required to submit contact information for tracing purposes. The governor will consider a 50% occupancy rate on Nov. 1, based on how infection rates move. Neighboring states New Jersey and Connecticut both have the option to eat indoors.