June 24, 2020: In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the State has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in jointly issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.
Based upon Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020, the following states meet the criteria for required quarantine (as of September 15): Defined as 14-day quarantine even with a negative COVID-19 test result. This criteria is based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.
New York has made this a mandatory order. It is required and there are penalties and ways to enforce. It is not a law but everyone is required to follow the order set in place by the governor. Connecticut on the other hand is an advisory.
The governors of both New York and Connecticut have issued executive orders, while New Jersey does not have any official order and has merely issued a travel advisory. New York’s order requires a 14-day quarantine for all individuals traveling from an impacted state. Additionally, New York is the only state that has imposed a civil penalty for violating the order. For a first violation, an individual could be fined $2,000, which is increased to $5,000 for a second violation, and up to $10,000 if an individual causes harm.