Since June, the NY Tri-State area has required those returning from states that have a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine upon their return. That includes states that have more than 10 COVID positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
In NY violators are subject to a $2,000-$10,000 fine, in Connecticut there is a $500 fine, and in NJ “compliance is expected” but there’s no specific fine if you don’t comply.
Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania now all meet the requirement to be included on the quarantine list and should have been added to the tri-state list today. Of course it would be absurd for New Jersey to tell everyone who has been to New Jersey recently to quarantine.
But that wasn’t enough to get them to scrap the program, instead those states were just left off the NJ and NY quarantine list. But no worries, there are still 40 other US states and territories on the impossible to enforce quarantine list.
This matches the hypocrisy that the city of Chicago had in keeping up its quarantine list, even when Illinois qualified for the list.
Connecticut acknowledged the hypocrisy by saying they would change the rules to require both 5% positivity and 10 COVID positive cases per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, which will drop the number of affected states and territories to 33. Of course that just shows what a farce the requirements have been until now. Did listening to the science change because Connecticut now met their own high COVID-19 metric or was the previous rule not based on science? NY and NJ aren’t adopting Connecticut’s changes.
I flew to Newark last month when Ohio was bouncing on and off the quarantine list every other week. Ohio was added just before my trip, but as it was just a day trip, I was exempt from the quarantine. I had zero issues driving from Newark into Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens and was never informed about the quarantine at any point.
Perhaps its primary purpose is just an attempt to scare tourists away? Looking at the abysmal hotel occupancy rates in NYC, it appears to be working.
Have you flown to the tri-state area during COVID-19 from a state that required quarantine? Did you quarantine?