ALBANY, NY (WETM) – Governor Cuomo announced changes to New York Travel Advisory protocol on Saturday.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test” the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states contiguous to New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however, covered travelers must continue to complete the Travel Health Form. Essential workers will also continue to be exempt. The new protocol comes into force on Wednesday November 4.
“The state ship sails well: New York has the third lowest positivity rate in the country and New Yorkers should be very proud of what they do.” However, travel has become a problem – the rest of the states pose a threat. We are moving towards a new plan given the changing facts, and experts suggest we move to a testing policyGovernor Cuomo said. “So there will be no quarantine list; there will be a rule that will apply across the country. We’ve curved the curve of this virus by following data and science, and we’re continuing that approach with these new guidelines. “
For any traveler to New York State from out-of-state exempting contiguous states, the new guidelines allowing travelers to opt out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:
- For travelers who have stayed in another state for more than 24 hours:
- Travelers must get a test within three days of leaving this state.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, be quarantined for three days.
- On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must get another COVID test. If both tests are negative, the traveler can leave the quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
- For travelers who have stayed in another state for less than 24 hours:
- The traveler does not need a test prior to leaving the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
- However, the traveler must complete the Traveler Information Form upon entering New York State and pass a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after arriving in New York.
Local health services will validate the tests, if necessary, and if a test is positive, issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department should contact the traveler’s home state to ensure that contact tracing takes place in that country as well. All travelers should continue to complete the Traveler Information Form upon arrival in New York State to contribute to New York State’s strong contact tracing program.