Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in New York State, US, add more states to their mandatory traveler quarantine list July 14, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 06:34 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 24 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New York State (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in New York State have added four states - Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin - to their mandatory traveler quarantine list on July 14, as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Delaware was removed from the previous list.

All individuals entering New York from any state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or positivity rate of 10 percent or higher over a seven-day average, must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

As of July 14, the full list of states currently affected by this directive are:

 

  • Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

 


The list of impacted states is revised every week, although it could change with little to no notice. Additionally, starting July 14, state officers will be at all airports throughout the state, ensuring travelers are following the guidance and completing a state's traveler form upon entering New York. Travelers entering by trains and cars must also fill the form online.

Business restrictions in the state remain unchanged. As of July 14, all regions, with the exception of New York City, have moved to Phase 4 of the state's economic recovery plan, enabling some arts and entertainment businesses to reopen, as well as social gatherings of up to 50 people to resume. New York City entered Phase 3 on July 6, allowing personal care services to reopen at 50-percent capacity, low-risk youth sports to resume, and gatherings of up to 25 people to take place; however, indoor dining at restaurants remains banned. As a prerequisite to reopening, individual regions in New York must meet seven specific criteria established as indicators of local capability to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Previous rounds of reopenings in New York have included lifting restrictions on some low-risk businesses and outdoor recreational activities statewide, such as landscaping, gardening, drive-in movie theaters, tennis courts, public pools, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds, and veterinarian and dental practices. Professional sports teams are also allowed to resume training camps statewide, though without spectators. Graduation ceremonies with up to 150 attendants in outdoor locations are allowed.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, health care providers, banks, fuel stations, transportation providers, construction companies, and manufacturers, have not been subject to mandatory COVID-19-related closures. Authorities require all persons, including essential workers, to wear protective masks when in public and whenever they cannot adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Heed the directives of the authorities. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

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). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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