Update: The New York Department of Health confirmed to me that, “The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through New York (i.e., less than 24 hours) in the course of travel to another state. Acceptable stops within New York may include stops at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.”
Originally posted on 10/31:
Since June, the NY Tri-State area has required people coming from states that have a high COVID-19 infection rate to quarantine for 14 days 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.
And as of the last several days, New York has been meeting their own metric for quarantine and may be subject to their own quarantine rules as of Tuesday. Of course it would be absurd for New York to tell everyone who has been to New York recently to quarantine.
Rather than adjust the metrics, Governor Cuomo announced that New York would stop tracking COVID-19 cases in each state and would remove their previous metrics for tracking which states have high COVID-19 cases.
- Instead, starting this Wednesday, they will require everyone entering New York to:
- Take a COVID-19 test within 3 days before travel to New York.
- Upon arrival to New York, you must quarantine for 3 days.
- On the 4th day you will have to take another COVID-19 test.
- After you test negative on both COVID-19 tests you can leave quarantine. If either test comes back positive you must stay in quarantine for 14 days.
- If you don’t take both tests you must stay in quarantine for 14 days.
I can’t wait to see how New York is going to enforce all of that…
The new rules apply to travelers to NY and NY residents returning to NY.
If you leave those states for less than 24 hours you won’t be subject to quarantine, but you will need to take a COVID test 4 days after arrival into NY.
Under the previous order, travelers staying in NY for less than 24 hours were not subject to the quarantine, though it’s unclear if that exemption stays in place. I have emailed the state of New York for clarification.
Officially there is a $2,000-$10,000 fine for violators. Will it be enforced?
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.
Forms are collected for flights into JFK and LaGuardia, though perhaps that will just push traffic to Newark, Hartford, or Philadelphia?
Will you abide by the new NY travel rules? Do you think they will be enforced?