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In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, and to protect New York’s successful containment of COVID-19, the State has joined with New Jersey and Connecticut in jointly issuing a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19.
Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has successfully slowed the transmission of COVID-19 to a rate that is unprecedented within the country. New York contracted COVID-19 from Europe, with over 2.2 million travelers coming in between the end of January and March 16, 2020, when the federal government finally implemented a full European travel ban. During that period of time, 2.2 million travelers landed in the New York metropolitan area and entered our communities. This, combined with the density and crowding of our population, caused New York to have the highest infection rate in the country.
After 116 days of strict adherence to data-driven, evidence-based protocols, including required social distancing and mandatory face coverings, and after the closure of our economy, New Yorkers have successfully reduced the spread of COVID-19 to one of the lowest rates in the nation. While New York has continued on this positive trajectory, other states have taken a more haphazard, less data-driven, less cautious approach, and are now experiencing a rapidly increasing rate of transmission of this deadly virus.
In response to this ongoing public health emergency and the risk posed by a resurgence of COVID-19, Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order 205, requiring the New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker to issue a travel advisory requiring all travelers coming from states with significant rates of transmission of COVID-19 (hereinafter “designated states”) to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of their last contact within such designated state(s). This action is taken in conjunction with neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut, considering the significant risk posed to the health and welfare of all residents by the further spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area, and to protect the progress made in New York, this action is being taken in conjunction with neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut. This guidance sets forth the policies to be followed in New York State to effectuate the Department of Health travel advisory.