New York State’s newly liberal quarantine guidelines for travelers

These guidelines make many health professionals uneasy. The bottom line is that personal safety and that of the people around you dictates that you should be fully quarantined but also continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain safe distances.

New York state changes quarantine guidelines for travelers

News 12 Staff Apr 12, 2021, 6:22pm EDTUpdated on:Apr 12, 2021, 6:22pm EDT

The state has updated its guidelines for travelers entering New York.  Asymptomatic travelers from another country, state or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine.

Quarantine is still recommended for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from a confirmed COVID-19 case during the previous three months.

Dr. Salvatore Pardo, the head of Emergency Medicine for Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital, says he’s worried.

“I would say if we don’t do it mandate or not — if we don’t do it — we’re going to get into trouble,” says Pardo. “It’ll be a problem. We’re going to see an increase in the variants or new variants for that matter.

The longer the virus is around the more at risk we are.”

Some travelers agree with Dr. Pardo, saying the new guidelines are a bad idea.

“Obviously in other parts of the world it’s much more severe,” says Steve Romm, of Connecticut. “I was just reading about India. They’re not doing so great. So yeah, I would say the more testing the better.”

Jaclyn Rodriquez, of Queens, also thinks there should still be testing and tracing because the pandemic is not over.

Most travelers still must fill out the health form and are expected to monitor themselves for symptoms daily for 14 days from the time they arrive in New York. Symptomatic travelers must still self-isolate and contact the local health department.

A complete breakdown of the new guidelines can be found on the state COVID-19 site.

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