Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Officials in New Jersey, US, issue updated COVID-19 travel advisory list July 28. Three states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC added.
- Alert Begins: 28 Jul 2020 05:46 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 11 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): New Jersey (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions
Authorities in New Jersey have released an updated travel advisory list delineating those states from which travelers are advised to quarantine upon arrival as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, were added to the list.
As of July 28, authorities recommend that all individuals entering New Jersey from the following states and territories 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. According to the advisory, although self-isolation is voluntary, compliance is expected. Hotels in New Jersey have been asked to notify any guests arriving from affected states that they should comply with the instruction. Business travelers, critical workers, and seasonal migrant farmworkers are exempt 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 that have 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.
Other restrictions related to the pandemic remain in effect. Officials have ordered residents to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor settings whenever social distancing measures are not possible. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25-percent capacity of the facility or a maximum of 100 people, while outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people are banned. Officials continue to urge residents to limit face-to-face interactions and maintain social distancing measures.
Nevertheless, authorities have allowed certain facilities to reopen, such as swimming pools and personal care businesses. Low-contact organized and recreational sports activities have been allowed to resume. Indoor shopping malls may open at 50-percent capacity, and casinos may open at 25-percent capacity.
The following businesses and activities have also resumed:
- Outdoor dining at restaurants
- Retail stores for in-person services
- Childcare centers
- All outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities, with the exception of amusement parks, water parks, and arcades
- All construction projects
- Drive-in cinemas and other drive-through activities
- Car, motorcycle, and boat dealerships, and bike shops
- Beaches, state parks, recreational campgrounds, as well as outdoor activities
- Non-urgent medical procedures
- Practices and matches for professional sports teams based in New Jersey if their competition resumes
Other establishments, such as gyms and fitness centers, museums, libraries, and in-person government services, remain closed. All businesses must ensure compliance with social distancing standards, enhance sanitation procedures, and provide employees with any necessary personal protective equipment.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and fuel stations may continue to provide in-person services, while companies in agriculture, manufacturing, security, transport, and media services can also remain open. Officials have ordered all employees and customers at essential businesses to wear face coverings whenever they are inside their facilities.
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 disposable tissues, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.