WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -- In an effort to strengthen the state’s travel advisory, those who are coming into Connecticut from a high-risk areas will now need to fill out a form upon entry.
The mandate went into effect on Friday, and failure to comply may result in a $1,000 penalty.
As soon as anyone tries to leave Bradley International Airport, the Department of Public Health is there, waiting with forms by the escalators.
On the travel form, it’s going to ask travelers a series of questions such as: Have you traveled to an affected state, are you an essential worker on work-related travel, where and how long do you plan to stay while in Connecticut.
The form also asks travelers to submit their name, date of birth, state of origin, as well as contact information.
There are a few ways people can complete the contact tracing form.
The form is required to be submitted to the Dept. of Public Health, and can be found by clicking here.
“Most people are trying to use their cellphones. We have codes throughout the airport, they can scan the QR code and they can go directly onto our website and fill out that form,” said Jim Vannoy, CT Department of Public Health.
The regional travel advisory, which includes Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, applies to anyone entering the three states from “a state that has a new daily 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.”
" I see no problem with it - 14 days, it's not really that much," Kevin Rivadeneira of Danbury said Friday.
Others had a different opinion on the restrictions.
"I think it's bullcrap," April Brooks of South Carolina said.
As of Friday there were 31 states included in the travel advisory.
For continuous updates on the travel advisory, click here.
“With infection rates out of control in much of the South, Midwest, and Southwest, and many tourists coming to Connecticut for summer vacation, I have made the determination that we need an enforceable quarantine order to keep Connecticut residents as safe as possible,” Governor Lamont said. “In taking this action, I am empowering the Department of Public Health to hold travelers accountable with significant fines for anyone not following the rules. While we do have a very low COVID-19 positivity rate in our state right now, that can change very rapidly, and this is no time to relax about taking every precaution we can to slow down the spread of the virus.”
Signs with information on the required form will be displayed at airports, train stations, highway rest stops and travel centers, and ferry terminals. The information will also be posted on electronic highway signs.
Officials said “exemptions to the quarantine rule remain in place for essential workers on work-related travel. The quarantine does not apply to anyone arriving to Connecticut from a connecting flight from an impacted state, so long as their state of origin is not subject to the quarantine order.”
The airport is not the only place where the state is doubling down on the executive order. It will do spot checks inside the airport, but there will also be spot checks on I-95.
The DPH said on Friday, a little over 3,000 people filled out the travel forms online.