New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed a 14-day quarantine on all travelers from California Tuesday, responding to the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases and other coronavirus metrics in the Golden State.
“As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening,” Cuomo said. “We’ve set metrics for community spread just as we’ve set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York’s travel advisory, meaning we will now require individuals traveling to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days.”
Cuomo added eight states to New York’s quarantine list, which was originally announced on June 24. There are now 16 states on the list.
The quarantine applies to “any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.”
The states added Tuesday were California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. They join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
Visitors from states on the list are asked to self-quarantine once they arrive in New York. Cuomo’s office said non-compliance with the quarantine order may be deemed a violation of the state’s public health law and subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.