Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Connecticut, US, issue updated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine requirements June 30.

  • Alert Begins: 01 Jul 2020 05:36 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Connecticut (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Likely business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Connecticut have issued a new 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 June 30, all individuals entering Connecticut from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, 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.

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.

While 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.

In-person lessons in schools remain canceled until the end of the academic year. Individuals are required to wear protective face coverings when in public and unable to comply with social distancing guidelines. Authorities continue to urge all travelers entering Connecticut by any mode of transportation to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
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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