Updated: July 01, 2020 05:14 PM
Created: July 01, 2020 04:31 PM
NEW YORK (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expanded his mandate that anyone coming into New York from a state experiencing a COVID-19 spike will have to quarantine for 14 days.
Travel from 16 states is now impacted including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
If you’re passing through for less than 24 hours or you have a layover, you’re exempt, but otherwise, if you’ve got guests coming from any of these states or if you make a trip to any of these states, you’re expected to quarantine.
Those who fail to self-quarantine could be mandated to do so or face up to a $10,000 fine.
The travel advisory has canceled summer plans for many families but others have no choice but to make a trip and are worried about the consequences.
“It's terrifying, I wish I could bring her home sooner but the circumstances are that I can't,” said Sherri Galles, whose 6-year old daughter is currently spending the summer with her father in Texas.
Galles has been a nervous wreck seeing the number of COVID-19 cases increase there and adding to her stress is what she sees in the background of FaceTime calls with her daughter.
“I see a lot of people not wearing masks, like they're just kinda living like nothing is going on right now,” she told News10NBC.
Galles has been taking precautions to keep herself as safe as possible during the pandemic. She’s excited to get her daughter home to
New York next month but her plane ticket takes her to a state that is now under a travel advisory and because of logistics she has to stay longer than 24 hours.
“When I get her now we have to be quarantined for two weeks which kind of puts me in a hard spot because I'm a single mom, trying to get back on my feet and I live at home with my parents so not only will we have to be quarantined but my dad is also an essential worker, so, will he be quarantined, it's going to be crazy,” Galles said.
While the governor’s advisory does have exceptions for work travel and in some cases essential workers, the guidance is a bit fuzzy and Galles’ employer says they’re still trying to get firm answers.
When asked during a press briefing on Wednesday what the metrics are for determining whether these travel advisories are working in an effort to see how long they might last, Gov. Cuomo told reporters, “we have not had a person test positive who has come in, post quarantine.”
But, it’s too soon to know whether that’s because they were quarantining or never exposed to the virus at all.
Gov. Cuomo seemed to double-down on the advisory though promising random checks of air travelers,
“We’re working with the airlines for them to give you upon landing, a slip where you have to fill out who you are where you were where you’re coming from where you’re going,” Cuomo said.
When it comes to those traveling via vehicle, the Governor says there will be no roadblocks. It’s basically, the honor system but if you get sick from COVID-19 and you weren’t quarantining and the state finds out, that’s when you could face a fine.
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