Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Connecticut, US, issue updated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine requirements on July 7.

  • Alert Begins: 08 Jul 2020 12:15 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Connecticut (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions

Authorities in Connecticut have issued an updated list of states subject to its mandatory quarantine measures as part of their effort to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of July 7, all individuals entering Connecticut from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Utah must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they were in those states. Additionally, hotels in Connecticut must notify any guests arriving from affected states that they are to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Critical infrastructure workers are exempted from these measures.

The list of states could change with little notice, as it is regularly updated by officials to ensure it includes all states having positive COVID-19 test rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rates of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average.

Additional restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. Connecticut has entered the second phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan, with numerous businesses and facilities having been allowed to reopen, including restaurants, lodging facilities, personal care services, office-based businesses, and childcare centers. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and fueling stations have not been subject to mandatory closures. Establishments allowed to operate must, however, comply with strict mandates aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, including adherence to social distancing guidelines, limitations on operating capacity, and enhanced sanitation procedures, among other requirements. Such directives may vary by industry and type of facility.

Individuals are required to wear protective face coverings when in public and unable to comply with social distancing guidelines. Business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the orders at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Heed the directives of the authorities. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands).

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