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Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

New York replaces 14-day quarantine with testing program

New York State is ditching its quarantine requirements and replacing it with a Covid-19 testing policy.

Under new guidelines, which begin on 4 November, travelers must get tested no more than three days before traveling to New York.

After isolating for the next three days, a second test is required on day four.

If that is negative, they can continue their travels.

It is applicable to out-of-state visitors and returning residents.

"New York is the third lowest positivity rate in the nation and New Yorkers should be very proud of what they're doing," NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"However, travel has become an issue, the rest of the states pose a threat. We're going to a new plan given the changing facts, and the experts suggest we shift to a testing policy."

As part of the Tri-State bubble, residents of New Jersey and Connecticut are exempt.

Essential workers are also exempt.

Travelers who go out of the state for less than 24 hours do not need to get tested before their return to New York but they must get a test on day four after arriving back.

All travelers must still fill out the Traveler Health Form to assist with contact tracing efforts.

"We bent the curve of this virus by following the data and the science, and we are continuing that approach with these new guidelines," Cuomo added.


Written by Ray Montgomery, US Editor

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  • Protecting You

    This is Fantastic news. It makes a whole lot of sense. Lets hope the other States follow suit.

    By ROBIN DELISSER, Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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