Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that New York is rolling out changes to its quarantine and testing guidelines for travelers coming to New York from out-of-state. Travelers must be tested within three days of leaving for New York and they must test negative. Upon arrival, travelers must quarantine for three days, then must take another COVID-19 test on the fourth day. If the test is negative, the person is released from quarantine.People who choose not to get tested must remain in quarantine for the 14-day period.”There will be no quarantine list, there will be no metrics — one rule that applies across the country,” Cuomo said. But he says the rules do not apply to New York’s contiguous states — New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.The governor made the announcement on a conference call with members of the media Saturday.New Yorkers who leave the state for less than 24 hours must get tested within four days.
Cuomo said it comes as experts advise that testing should be the focus in dealing with travelers as cases spike across the country. Cuomo said the changes would replace the weekly list of quarantine states, which he signaled was not helpful because it at one point included much of the country. Cuomo also predicted that the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday will cause a spike in the COVID-19 rate, citing travel, small gatherings, and college students. “People think they are safe if they’re with people they know,” he warned, adding, “Just because they’re your family doesn’t mean they’re safe from COVID… That’s why I think these travel rules are going to be especially important.”