NY to require tracking info from travelers

Daniel Fowler
July 14, 2020

The quarantine requirement does not apply to essential workers or travelers passing through the states for less than 24 hours, and while New York's Emergency Health Order indicates the 14-day quarantine is a requirement, it appears for travelers heading to New Jersey or CT, it is voluntary.

The travel advisory applies to states that have an infection rate above 10 cases per 100,000 people or if 10% of the total population tests positive. As of July 11, the state recorded 25,979 deaths among patients with the disease and Cuomo said the state is serious about enforcing the quarantine.

The form is available online.

He says airlines are aware of the requirement and will inform passengers before they get on the aircraft.

Anyone who doesn't fill it out will face a $2,000 fine and court summons under a new order Cuomo announced Monday.

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Monday's announcement expands the June 24 executive order Cuomo issued.

The full list of 22 states now includes 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. "However, the success of our efforts depends on citizens' willingness to comply with state guidance, socially distance, wear masks and wash their hands, and rising cases around the country continue to threaten our progress, which is why four new states have been added to New York's travel advisory". On the other hand, DE had inched below the 10 case mark after it was added to the list last week, and could be removed from the list Tuesday. The enforcement teams stationed at these regional airports will be comprised of State DOH peace officers and staff supported by State Police personnel and will meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State DOH traveler form.

"We can't be in a situation where we have people coming from other states in the country bringing the virus again", said Cuomo. There were 10 fatalities in the state yesterday. "Look at the infection rate".

The quarantine advisory expansion came as New York's COVID-19 metrics continued to improve.

Enforcement teams will be at each airport to ensure people fill out the Department of Health's traveler form, which passengers receive before boarding their flights to NY.

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