Governor Cuomo has introduced new tips permitting vacationers to New York to sidestep the State’s necessary 14-day quarantine interval by acquiring a sequence of destructive COVID-19 diagnostic take a look at outcomes earlier than and after arriving in New York. Beforehand, the State mandated a 14-day quarantine for vacationers from an evolving listing of “high-risk” states that had a excessive charge of COVID-19 optimistic testing per capita. Now, the new framework applies to vacationers from all states within the U.S. besides these which might be contiguous with New York (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont), that are already exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement.
The brand new protocol grew to become efficient Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Testing Various to 14-Day Necessary Quarantine Interval
Beneath the new tips, people touring to New York State (aside from from the NY-contiguous states listed above), shall be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in New York as earlier than, until they meet the next standards:
If each of the traveler’s COVID-19 checks (the one obtained previous to their arrival and the one obtained on the 4th day post-arrival) are destructive, then the traveler is not topic to a compulsory quarantine. If both take a look at is optimistic, the traveler is required to proceed quarantining for the complete 14 days after their arrival in New York State.
People who journey outdoors of New York State (and out of doors of the contiguous states) for lower than 24 hours don’t have to get hold of a destructive COVID-19 take a look at previous to their arrival in New York, and they don’t have to quarantine upon arrival in New York State. Nevertheless, these people should full the New York State traveler type (as described beneath) upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic take a look at on the 4th day after their arrival in New York.
Pointers for Important Staff
Important staff proceed to be exempt from the necessary quarantine requirement, as they had been underneath the earlier quarantine necessities. Important staff (as outlined by Empire State Growth Company steerage) who’re returning to New York should:
Search COVID-19 diagnostic testing on the 4th day after arriving to make sure they don’t seem to be optimistic;
Monitor temperature and indicators of signs, put on a face overlaying when in public, keep social distancing, and clear and disinfect workspaces;
To the extent potential, keep away from prolonged intervals in public, contact with strangers, and enormous congregate settings; and
Fill out the New York State traveler type (referenced beneath) like all different out-of-state vacationers.
Contact Tracing Necessities Stay in Place
All vacationers (together with important staff and people who journey out of state for lower than 24 hours) should proceed to fill out the New York State Well being Division’s contact tracing traveler type upon arrival into New York State. Nevertheless, as famous above, vacationers from the contiguous states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont), and New Yorkers coming back from these states, are excluded from all quarantine obligations, together with completion of the contact tracing traveler type.
Kinds of Testing Permitted
The brand new steerage fails to notice which strategies of COVID-19 testing qualify underneath this new strategy. Presumably, commonplace PCR (polymerase chain response) diagnostic testing qualifies, however in some circumstances, PCR checks nonetheless take a number of days to yield a outcome, which might make such testing much less useful for people hoping to keep away from an extended quarantine. New York has introduced that vacationers into LaGuardia airport will be capable of obtain free PCR checks upon arrival, with comparable plans for testing at JFK coming quickly, and that outcomes from these checks can be accessible by way of cellphone inside 48 hours. “Speedy” testing (which might yield leads to 10-15 minutes) could also be a faster repair if permitted by New York, though considerations over its reliability stay. Till New York clarifies which testing strategies qualify for its new testing carve-out, vacationers (and their employers) shall be left with lingering questions. Additional, it’s unclear what kind of enforcement efforts shall be concerned on this difficult scheme, because the State is outsourcing most of the tracing and monitoring efforts to native well being departments.
You possibly can learn the complete textual content of Governor Cuomo’s Government Order right here.
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