New York State, last week, instituted a new quarantine requirement aimed at people traveling from states with increased coronavirus cases. To put teeth to this quarantine, there are huge fines to go to those that break quarantine.
New York State’s Quarantine May Include Landing Cards
This quarantine rule went into effect last week and started with 8 states on the list – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas. These states did not meet the criteria that NYS was looking for, namely a sub-10 positive number per 100,000 people on a 7 day-average. This means that states could come off the list or go on from time-to-time.
This even includes California as they could go on the quarantine list along with Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee.
With the quarantine ruling, visitors coming in from those states are required to observe a 14-day quarantine. Passengers coming in on flights from these areas could receive random phone calls from authorities to ensure that they are abiding by the quarantine.
For those that break the quarantine, it could mean a mandatory, supervised quarantine and/or fines starting at $2,000 for the first violation. Should they cause harm to anyone by breaking quarantine, it could go up to $10,000.
Now, Governor Cuomo has said that they may start using “landing cards” like international flights use on arrivals. No word on what the forms would require for information but, at the minimum, it would probably include where you came from, destination address, relation to the owner/renter of the home, contact information and possibly a landline number to confirm you are actually at the house. This information will be kept in a database.
Would you visit NY right now if you are required to fill out such a form?