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Good Question: What are the rules for traveling?

Brennan Somers
Updated: June 09, 2020 05:11 AM
Created: June 09, 2020 05:09 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A viewer named Melissa asked News10NBC’s Brennan Somers:

“With the coronavirus, we get updates daily on businesses opening and the new procedures that entails. But what about the updated travel guidelines? What happens if you leave the state, are you quarantined? Or coming back to NYS. It is hard to find the updated guidelines on travel. My family would like to go on vacation but I am unsure what rules to follow.”

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Melissa wants to take the family on vacation. We know a lot of you want to do the same.

For starters, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. If you do want to travel, check the state and city for your final destination.

There are rules and restrictions across the country. The CDC’s website FAQs state, “Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.”

Want to go to Florida? The state’s website has a warning:

Governor DeSantis directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.

What about Boston? This message is on the state’s government website:

All travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. In addition, visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.

There's no restriction like that here in NY.

The state does have this notice posted in the “Travel” section of its COVID-19 response online:

If you recently traveled to these areas of concern and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing, you should: Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms. Avoid contact with others. Stay home, except for seeking medical care. Avoid further travel until the illness resolves. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you have a question you would like answered, send an e-mail to GoodQuestion@whec.com.


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