New York to lift domestic quarantine mandate as of April 1
Breaking news for the state of New York today: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lifted the quarantine order for domestic travelers. This follows easing restrictions just last week for entry and quarantine measures for travelers who have been fully vaccinated.
According to CBS New York, domestic travelers do not have to be vaccinated in order to avoid quarantining when visiting New York State.
It is important to note that international travelers still have a mandatory quarantine order of 14 days. In addition, nothing has changed in regard to the traveler health form: both domestic and international guests will have to submit one online. The form includes key information about each person visiting and contact information.
In his announcement, Gov. Cuomo said progress in vaccination is allowing the state to "start our transition to a new normal in a post-pandemic world." Although the lifting of the quarantine order may make some feel like they can relax, it is still strongly advised to follow CDC guidelines for staying safe during the pandemic. This includes getting vaccinated; wearing masks; staying 6 feet away from others; and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, he was “not consulted” about the change in policy and says he has “concerns."
This news comes as other U.S. states have announced in recent weeks their own COVID-19 reopening measures.