Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Authorities in Connecticut, US, modify mandatory traveler quarantine list on Sept. 15 to curb spread of coronavirus disease.
Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 04:32 PM UTC
Alert Expires 22 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Connecticut (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions
As of Sept. 15, authorities in Connecticut have issued an update to the list of states and territories from which travelers are subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival, to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the most recent update, officials have added Puerto Rico to the list. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio have been removed.
As of Sept. 15, all individuals entering Connecticut from the following states and territories must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival:
- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
The list could change weekly, as officials regularly update it to include 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.
Authorities in Connecticut will begin to issue fines to those who do not abide by the state's mask and event size limit orders. Fines for violating the mask order will be USD 100, and fines for organizing an event that exceeds gathering limits will be USD 500. Participants in events that exceed size limits could be issued a fine of USD 250.
Additional restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. Connecticut remains in the second phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan. Authorities have allowed numerous businesses and facilities 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, are exempt from mandatory closures. Establishments that can 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 must 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.
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).