On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that nonessential travel between New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut should be put on pause amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases in the tristate area. Later, Governor Murphy made a similar statement, asking residents of the Garden State to delay any non-essential travel between states.
“As cases continue to rise in our state and across the nation, we highly discourage – to the extent practical – non-essential interstate travel,” Governor Murphy announced on his Facebook page.
“Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware now meet the criteria for our travel advisory, but we recognize a 14-day quarantine is difficult given the interconnected nature of our region. We urge all New Jerseyans to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to stop the spread #COVID19.” You can see the latest travel restrictions here.
Cuomo added Arizona and Maryland to New York’s travel advisory list, which requires individuals traveling into the state to quarantine for 14 days. And while New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania now meet the requirements to be put on the list, (an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average, or an area with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average) the governor said imposing a quarantine on those traveling from there to new York would be impractical.
“There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other,” he said.
“We’re urging all of our residents to avoid unnecessary or non-essential travel between states at this time, but will not subject residents of our states to a quarantine if coming from a neighboring state,” Murphy, Cuomo and Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont said in a joint statement. “New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have among the lowest infection rates in the country because we have based our approaches to controlling the spread on science and data, and we will continue to do so.”