As I wrote in this story last week, the state of New York’s strict quarantine rules are now being even more strictly enforced in New York City. The rules, which currently apply to travelers from 33 states and territories (see below), require that travelers from the listed states complete the New York State Department of Health traveler form and quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival. And now, says the Office of the Mayor, the city is using “COVID-19 traveler registration checkpoints at key entry points into New York City to ensure compliance with New York State quarantine requirements and further the containment of COVID-19…The DOF Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies, will operate traveler registration checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City.” The Port Authority Bus Terminal is reportedly among the sites with checkpoints. On August 6, too, the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit began “outreach at Penn Station to educate travelers about New York State home-quarantine orders.”
The latest update also confirms that “individuals who fail to quarantine are subject to a $10,000 fine” and those “who refuse to fill out the New York State Department of Health travel form are subject to a $2,000 fine.” So don’t go taking these rules lightly. The state and city aren’t, and if you need more convincing, get this: One of my friend’s mom just got a phone call from the state of New York the day after she returned from California to make sure she was quarantining!
What states are on the New York quarantine list?
After another update on Tuesday (August 11), New York’s quarantine rules (in the city and across the state) apply to visitors from 31 states plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
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