Update: Travel Restrictions Advisory

As we previously reported, 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, New York 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.
 
Effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, June 25, 2020, individuals who have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread must quarantine when they enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date they enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.
 
As of August 14, 2020, there are 31 states and two territories that meet the specified criteria for a travel advisory.  This 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. The quarantine order applies to individuals who have traveled to the following states/territories:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico 
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands 
  • Wisconsin

Note: Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Washington were removed from the list.
 
Exceptions to the travel advisory are permitted for essential workers and are limited based on the duration of time in designated states, as well as the intended duration of time in New York. The New York Commissioner of Health may additionally grant an exemption to the travel advisory based upon extraordinary circumstances, which do not warrant quarantine, but may be subject to the terms and conditions applied to essential workers or terms and conditions otherwise imposed by the Commissioner in the interest of public health. 
 
Quarantine and monitoring requirements of traveling essential workers apply for the following timeframes: 
 
Short Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of less than 12 hours.

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker passing through New York, delivering goods, awaiting flight layovers, and other short duration activities.
  • Essential workers should stay in their vehicle and/or limit personal exposure by avoiding public spaces as much as possible.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect workspaces.
  • Essential workers are required, to the extent possible, to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.

Medium Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of less than 36 hours, requiring them to stay overnight. 

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker delivering multiple goods in New York, awaiting longer flight layover, and other medium duration activities.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect workspaces.
  • Essential workers are required, to the extent possible, to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.

Long Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of greater than 36 hours, requiring them to stay several days.

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker working on longer projects, fulfilling extended employment obligations, and other longer duration activities.
  • Essential workers should seek diagnostic testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon arrival (within 24 hours) to ensure they are not positive.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distancing, clean and disinfect workspaces for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Essential workers, to the extent possible, are required to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings for a period of, at least, 14 days.

 An “essential worker” is (1) any individual employed by an entity included on the Empire State Development (ESD) Essential Business list (found at: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026); or (2) any individual who meets the COVID-19 testing criteria, pursuant to their status as either an individual who is employed as a health care worker, first responder, or in any position within a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate care setting, or an individual who is employed as an essential employee who directly interacts with the public while working, pursuant to DOH Protocol for COVID-19 Testing, issued May 31, 2020, or (3) any other worker deemed such by the Commissioner of Health. 
 
Should you have any questions relating to this update, please feel free to reach out to ALG.