Altho the positive rate in the state of New York is rising, it’s still far below the rate in most of the rest of the country. That means the Governor was issuing a travel advisory for most of the country — a distinctly unhelpful approach for travelers. The new mandate, described below, is somewhat similar to those of Maine and Hawaii in that positive test results are required and quarantines likely. There are exceptions for those who are commuting into New York from neighboring states but this is still going to to have more of an impact than the advisories.
Cuomo: Travelers Into New York Must Get Tested For Virus
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new mandate on Saturday, which replaces New York state’s COVID-19 travel advisory list.
Oct 31, 2020 1:26 pm ET|Updated Oct 31, 2020 1:55 pm ET
Anyone traveling into New York will now be required to undergo coronavirus testing both before and after traveling to the state, according to reports citing Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The policy, announced by Cuomo during a news conference call with reporters, replaces a statewide travel advisory that required travelers from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York, CNY Central reported.
If they test positive, travelers will be required to quarantine for an additional 14 days.
New Yorkers who travel outside of the state for less than 24 hours must also get tested for COVID-19 within four days of their return.
The new policy does not apply to New York’s neighboring states or anyone commuting between states for work.
On the call, Cuomo said the change was made after experts suggested a testing policy would be more effective than a travel advisory list, CNY Central reported.
At least 2,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on Friday, reflecting a positivity rate of about 1.5 percent of the 136,962 reported tests. Health officials also reported eight deaths, Cuomo said in a tweet on Saturday.