HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey expanded a joint travel advisory that was put in place last week.
Implemented June 24 at 11:59 p.m., people traveling into those states from states with a high spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.
As of June 30, the states included in the advisory were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
In coordination with our neighboring states, we've updated the list of states with high COVID-19 infection rates that are covered under our regional travel advisory.As of today, there are currently 16 states that meet this criteria. They include:- Alabama- Arkansas(1/2)— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) June 30, 2020
- Arizona- California- Florida- Georgia- Iowa- Idaho- Louisiana- Mississippi- North Carolina- Nevada- South Carolina- Tennessee- Texas- UtahFor more info on the travel advisory, check out this link: https://t.co/N3MEEUEhzO(2/2)— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) June 30, 2020
"Right now it's going to be voluntary," said Gov. Ned Lamont in a news conference on June 24.
Lamont said travelers would be clearly notified if they fell under the advisory.
"If we find that people are abusing that, we'll look at some stricter enforcement," he said.
Lamont, along with Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy, issued a joint statement about the advisory.
"No one else had to accomplish as much as we had to accomplish in such a short period of time," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Several southern states have been reporting thousands of new cases in a single day.
The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
Lamont's office is working with airlines, hotels, and others in the tourism industry to inform travelers. The state will also put up signs at entry points.
Dr. Deidre Gifford, acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said the state will update the list of states, depending on COVID-19 case reports. If a state sees infection rates decline, it could be removed from the advisory.
"So, we're looking at all means as the governor said, entry points to the state, social media, all channels to get the word out," said Josh Geballe, Connecticut Chief Operating Officer.
Lamont said he has been having conversations with Gifford about travelers potentially being able to present negative test results instead of the 14 day quarantine.
"It makes sense to me, especially if someone only has like three days to conduct some business up here," Lamont said.
However, a decision on that has yet to be made.
Connecticut, on the other hand, has one of the lowest coronavirus rates in the nation.
“Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity,” Lamont said. “We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers form states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress.”
Lamont was asked about enforcement, but didn't elaborate on what the state might do if someone disobeys the order. He acknowledged that it will be difficult to track whether people are complying.