Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Connecticut, US, add more states to mandatory traveler quarantine list July 28 to curb spread of COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 28 Jul 2020 06:34 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 11 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Connecticut (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, were added to the list.

As of July 28, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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 remains on 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. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over 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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