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Travelers Can Now Test Out of New York’s Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine

New York News
by Eben Diskin Nov 2, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced new guidelines out-of-state visitors can follow to be exempt from a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

All travelers to New York have been required to quarantine for two weeks unless they’re coming from a state that’s contiguous with New York. Starting November 4, however, you can test out of the quarantine requirement by taking a COVID-19 test three days prior to arriving in New York, quarantining for three days upon arrival, and getting a second test on day four of your stay.

According to Cuomo, “The ship of State is sailing well: New York is the third lowest positivity rate in the nation and New Yorkers should be very proud of what they’re doing. However, travel has become an issue — the rest of the states pose a threat. We’re going to a new plan given the changing facts, and the experts suggest we shift to a testing policy. So there will be no quarantine list; there will be one rule that applies across the country. We bent the curve of this virus by following the data and the science, and we are continuing that approach with these new guidelines.”

In addition to the testing and three-day quarantine, all incoming travelers must also fill out a Traveler Health Form. If you spent less than 24 hours in another state before returning to New York, you aren’t required to test or quarantine.

Tests will be validated by local health departments, which will issue isolation orders if results are positive.

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