New York State quarantine to now be based on testing, not a list

New York State quarantine to now be based on testing, not a list

Updated: November 01, 2020 10:05 AM
Created: October 31, 2020 12:32 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday large changes to how New York State handles possible COVID-19 quarantines for those coming from out of state.

Effective immediately, New York State will no longer have a travel advisory list of states that people must quarantine if traveling from. Instead, those coming to New York State will need to be tested in the three days before they come to the state and then also be tested on their fourth day inside the state after a quarantine of three days. A positive test on that fourth day would require the traveler to go back into quarantine.

New Yorkers who travel outside of the state for less than 24 hours will not have to take a test before coming in, but will need to take a COVID test within four days of their arrival back. 

Previously, the state used a series of metrics to determine what states would require a quarantine if traveling from. At its last update, it had included most of America's states and territories. 

The guidelines will not apply to neighboring states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This continues a policy begun during the days of the quarantine list, as it would be nearly impossible to enforce such quarantine restrictions both because of the economic impact involved and the sheer impracticality due to the number of border crossings and commuters. 

Travelers coming from countries with a high rate of COVID-19 transmission will still have to quarantine. Click here to see which countries are on the list.

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