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Cuomo, Murphy, and Lamont break with data saying quarantine mandate won’t apply to select states

While New York has had a strict travel policy to states with high positive rates — a couple pretty significant exceptions were made on Tuesday.

The governors of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey issued a joint statement clarifying the latest travel rules, discouraging travel between the three states, as cases are on the rise in two of them.

The announcement from Governors Andrew Cuomo, Phil Murphy, and Ned Lamont came after a full-day of conflicting messaging.

The travel advisory enforces a 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high infection rates, or for New Yorkers returning. While Connecticut and New Jersey meet the requirements to enforce the 14-day quarantine rule, the Governors have effectively sidestepped it.

“The travel advisory was designed to keep our respective states safe, with the understanding that we are a connected region, dependent on each other when it comes to commerce, education, and health care. We’re urging all of our residents to avoid unnecessary or non-essential travel between states at this time, but will not subject residents of our states to a quarantine if coming from a neighboring state. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have among the lowest infection rates in the country because we have based our approaches to controlling the spread on science and data, and we will continue to do so,” the trio said in a statement.

Pennsylvania falls under the same category. A quarantine mandate is not in effect, even though non-essential travel is discouraged.

Around 40 states are on the travel advisory list as of this moment. It’s a list that’s changing by the day, but will apparently not ever include New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.