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New York quarantines travelers from 16 states while E.U. blocks travel from U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 12:36 pm
Nick Reisman reports at New York State of Politics that New York added eight additional states to its list of places where visitors are required to take a 14-day quarantine because of the current spread of coronavirus across the country, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah are now on the list. "As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. States on the list have test rates of higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or have a 10 percent or more positivity rate over seven days on average. Cuomo says officials are compiling names of travelers from those states. “We’ll have inspectors who are randomly looking at the names on the list and calling to follow up to make sure you’re quarantining,” Cuomo said last week. “And if you’re not, you’re in violation of the law and you will have a mandatory quarantine, and you’ll be fined.” The fines go up to $10,000. At the same time, the European Union continues to restricting U.S. travelers, as their new July 1 list of cleared countries does not include America, because of the widespread COVID-19 cases in the United States. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.