HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey expanded a joint travel advisory to include 19 states.

Implemented on June 24 at 11:59 p.m., people traveling into those states from states with a high spread of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

As of July 7, the states included in the advisory were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

A constantly updated list can be found on the state's website here.

"Right now it's going to be voluntary," said Gov. Ned Lamont in a news conference on June 24.

Lamont said travelers would be clearly notified if they fell under the advisory.

"If we find that people are abusing that, we'll look at some stricter enforcement," he said.

Lamont, along with Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy, issued a joint statement about the advisory.

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"No one else had to accomplish as much as we had to accomplish in such a short period of time," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. 

Several southern states have been reporting thousands of new cases in a single day.

The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

On June 30, Lamont said "I can tell you flights are down and passengers are down since our quarantine was put in place, so there are fewer people coming from the most infected parts of the country to CT."

Dr. Deidre Gifford, acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said the state would update the list of states, depending on COVID-19 case reports. If a state sees infection rates decline, it could be removed from the advisory.

Lamont said he has been having conversations with Gifford about travelers potentially being able to present negative test results instead of the 14 day quarantine.

He also said he wants to weed out the people who will actually need to be quarantined by having testing done at airports.

"I was talking to the president of Jet Blue today about how perhaps they could test in Florida before someone even gets on the plane, then they have a certificate when they arrive here," he said.

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Connecticut, on the other hand, has one of the lowest coronavirus rates in the nation.

“Working together as a region has proven to be immensely successful as our respective states are leading the country when it comes to our response with low infection and positivity rates relative to increased testing capacity,” Lamont said. “We have made difficult decisions throughout this pandemic, but we have proven to make many of the right decisions. This step to inform travelers form states with hot spots to self-isolate is meant to protect our residents and maintain our incredible public health progress.”

Lamont was asked about enforcement, but didn't elaborate on what the state might do if someone disobeys the order. He acknowledged that it will be difficult to track whether people are complying.

The state released a list of frequently-asked travel advisory questions along with their answers:

  • How is this going to be enforced? This is an advisory and we are strongly urging visitors to Connecticut to take this step. It will be up to individuals to abide by the advisory.
  • How are the impacted states chosen? The advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate for COVID-19 tests over a 7-day rolling average. The list of states is fluid and will be updated weekly onto this website. This travel advisory also applies to Connecticut residents who are returning from a visit to the impacted states.
  • How long is the quarantine? The advisory is for visitors to Connecticut from the impacted states to quarantine and self-monitor for 14-days. Those coming for shorter stays can quarantine and self-monitor for less than that if their stay is shorter.
  • If I am coming to Connecticut to a hotel or bed and breakfast, can I do the quarantine there? Yes. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are all asking hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states.
  • Does the quarantine recommendation also extend to passengers flying to Connecticut on connecting flights that stop in high infection states before arriving in Connecticut? No. Quarantine does not apply to travelers who just have a layover in an impacted state.
  • If I live in Connecticut and have a household member or guest returning from an impacted state, do I and other household members who have not traveled to an impacted state also need to self quarantine? Out-of-state visitors from impacted states are encouraged to postpone travel. If not possible to delay travel, individuals are encouraged to self-quarantine in the home they are returning to in Connecticut. If not possible to self-quarantine from other household members, those other household members who did not travel from an impacted state are not required to self-quarantine.
  • Are there any exemptions for essential workers? Yes. Workers traveling from impacted states to Connecticut who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, including students in exempt health care professions, are exempted from the quarantine advisory. This includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their official capacities on government business.

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(30) comments

NOTTHEONE-a

what about the truckers from those states making deliveries here in CT. 14day prison also

JaseBo

We have front row seats to the self implosion of the U.S. economy and most people cant even open their eyes to see it.

Pandemic is fake.

We never measured the flu virus cases like this.

China is extremely pleased with us.

Brian C. Duffy

"Pandemic is fake"

--says a fake poster

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT

JaseBo

At least you keep consistency in that your responses are useless garble.

Brian C. Duffy

One deplorable at a time.

Dan7543

"pandemic is fake." Yes, that's why the republican majority states are struggling to beat it and are experiencing a surge in cases. And, no, we don't count flu cases like this because the flu kills far fewer people per year than this virus did in just 5 months.

subslag

The two Tsar governors and their puppy dog Lumpmont taking away civil liberties again. When did this become Russia? How about these spineless, two-faced governors hold all the "protesters" accountable for breaking the COVID-19 rules they already have in place! What a joke.

Verdad

We are leading the nation in our response and you still whine and cry? Grow the eff up and stop.

jan w

The tri states have done a great job, we're ahead of everyone else . Nobody took this virus seriously but us...not even our President

gothelittle

Our shutdown and reopening timeline and requirements have actually conformed nearly exactly to the guidance issued from the President, all the way down to the names and definitions of the reopening stages.

Brian C. Duffy

Which President, "THE LONE WARRIOR!"?

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT

x_lab_tech

Lamont always looks unsure of himself. There's no comparing him to Cuomo, and perhaps Murphy.

FrustratedCT

He's in over his head(hence my statement about doing what Cuomo does). If he had put a 2 weeks quarantine on people coming from NY(like RI did), back in late March, we wouldn't have nearly as many cases as we do.

Dan7543

NY and CT are 2 of the best performing states in regards to handling the virus. If his looking unsure is upsetting to you, then you have the issue.

jan w

[thumbup]

gothelittle

We are now. But a couple of months ago, we were the laughingstock of the nation. The virus has burned its way through our urban centers, and the rural areas know how to live wisely. That's pretty much it. And even now, our death rate is quite high, because it got into nursing homes... I fear that, when the dust settles, the other states' high infection rates will mean less than their low death rates due to successfully isolating the virus from the vulnerable.

Verdad

We are leading the nation with our response. Keep on complaining if you must.

FrustratedCT

All he does is follow what Cuomo does! He can't think on his own.

WHY didn't he do this when NY was blowing up with cases in late March, like Rhode Island and Maryland did, at the time? That would have cut our infection rates dramatically.

Ugh. Time for a serious change.

Mnem

What about people of Fairfield county who commute to and from NYC for work should they quarantine for 2 weeks as well? More draconian measures based on flawed models. Ned looks like a kid who scratched his daddy's car. If any of this is politically motivated then this is state sponsored terrorism and a violation of the Patriot act

Verdad

Consider reading the article before commenting. "As of Wednesday, the states included in the advisory were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas".

Jdserrano1

Amazing that these people actually need videos because they can’t READ OR COMPREHEND information. No wonder we can’t trust anything anymore. That comment you replied to is a prime example of why our country is burning right now

Verdad

Let me clarify for you. No need to quarantine between two states not involved in the advisory. Do you understand this?

gothelittle

New York is not on the quarantine list. Neither is New Jersey.

Dan7543

Really? CT is one of the best performing states when dealing with this pandemic. Especially considering that lots of people that work in NY live in CT. Would you rather have someone like the governor of Florida or Arizona or Tennessee or Texas?

Mnem

Yes I would . Killer Cuomo is responsible for over 10k deaths in a period of 3 months after stuffing sick seniors with the virus back into nursing homes while refusing the naval medical ship that was never used. King Lamont taking marching orders from a 3 state tribunal and a $2mil state funded consultant since he's an incompetent. Stay scared and remember to be afraid, be very afraid in an information age where we each have web access and plenty of info now available to the public on a virus with a 99% survival rate for the able bodied.

Verdad

Absolutely clueless you are.

Dan7543

Yes, the able bodied have a 99% survival rate. However, if you have a heart and think of the people that have medical conditions that make this disease a nightmare, you would see that it has a poor survival rate. You reverenced the "information age" and "web access." Maybe you should take your own advice and use them to gather all pertinent information.

gothelittle

For Dan7543: I would encourage you to use the internet to gather all pertinent information as well. You could start with the months-old article from the New York Times - hardly a right-wing conspiracy theorist publication - that criticized Cuomo for his decision regarding nursing homes and predicted that it would have tragic consequences.

Dan7543

GTL, So how are they going to speak about DeSantis and Ducey and all the other state governors that are going through this resurgence? NYS and CT and the rest of the states that required masks are doing fine. Its the places where they opened too soon and/or never mandated masks.

Jdserrano1

read your own words. For the ABLE BODIED...

There are many of us with underlying conditions, fighting cancer, autoimmune diseases and illnesses etc etc. Use your “web access” to find out about that instead of spouting “statistical” information that isn’t even close to a full understanding

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