New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut implement quarantine for travelers from high risk areas

'We have to make sure the virus doesn't come in on a plane,' says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February 2019
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February 2019
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Last Updated:
June 24, 2020 - 2:02pm

The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut on Wednesday issued a travel advisory requiring people arriving from states with high rates of the novel coronavirus to quarantine for 14 days.

New York's Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey's Phil Murphy, and Connecticut's Ned Lamont said the quarantine policy applies to any person coming from a state currently experiencing a coronavirus transmission level above a certain rate.

"We have to make sure the virus doesn't come in on a plane," Cuomo said.

Last week, New York City became the last area in the nation to go into Phase 1 reopening.

Just a few weeks ago, the tri-state area, New York in particular, was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. Now, states in the south, including Florida and Texas, are experiencing surges in cases as they reopen. And states in the southwest, such as Arizona, are experiencing their first spike in cases.

Several of the governors from states that are now experiencing higher coronavirus rates pointed out during the beginning of the pandemic that flights from New York and the tri-state area were bringing the disease to their areas. 

President Trump in March briefly considered putting the three states under quarantine.

Rhode Island stopped letting vehicles with New York license plates into the state, and Florida directed all travelers from the area to self-isolate for 14 days.

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