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Major questions remain as New York begins new travel restriction program this week

On Wednesday the state’s new quarantine travel policy takes hold.

For the spring, summer, and fall travelers have been required to quarantine for 14-days after entering the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo had suggested that a new policy could be coming, and sure enough, the new one was unveiled over the weekend.

The new rules have largely confused travelers, though.

Anyone coming to New York from a state that doesn’t border it will have to test negative for COVID-19 three days before arrival. Once they get here – those travelers will then quarantine for another three days, and be tested on the fourth day.


When that test comes back negative — they can resume normal activity.

“I think with him taking [the list] away, it’s just gonna make things worse if the COVID hasn’t gotten any better,” said Shanden Jackson, a traveler speaking to News10NBC said at Rochester International Airport. “They haven’t been following the rules all along,” she said.

Cuomo said that it would be up to local health departments to enforce the rules. It’s unclear how this would logistically occur, and also unclear how able the state would be to keep up with increased testing demand, as well as the need to turn results around more quickly to accommodate travelers.

New York moves away from 14-day quarantine, will require two negative COVID tests for travelers



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