Mass. adds 3 states to lower-risk travel list; Another New England state welcomes Bay Staters

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Massachusetts has added three states to its list of lower-risk locations that are exempt from the order requiring travelers to fill out a form, undergo testing or quarantine, and another New England state is opening to visitors from Massachusetts.The Department of Public Health added Missouri, Oregon and Washington state on Friday. Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the other locations already on the state’s list.Under the current travel rules, anyone entering Massachusetts from other states is required to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for 10 days unless they can produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before they arrived in the state.Failure to comply with the requirements could result in a $500 per day fine.The travel order has exemptions, including for those who are just passing through Massachusetts, commuting across state lines for work, those arriving in Massachusetts for medical treatment, military personnel traveling under orders and those who are traveling for work in essential services.DPH says states are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100,000 below 10 and positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a seven-day rolling average based on data from https://covidactnow.org/.Maine Gov. Janet Mills said as of Friday, travelers from Massachusetts are allowed to visit without requiring testing or quarantine.New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island are also open to Bay State visitors without having to quarantine. And, in Vermont, no quarantine is required for anyone who is fully vaccinated.When Massachusetts residents return from these locations, however, Massachusetts’ travel rules, including a 10-day quarantine or a negative test, still apply. Massachusetts remains on the quarantine list for Connecticut. “The issue really isn’t about personal safety at this point, it’s about overall public health,” said Tufts Medical Center Epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron. “The CDC continues to say people should simply not travel. We don’t want to be moving virus around the country and around the world and we certainly don’t want to be moving these new variants around the country and around the world.”

Massachusetts has added three states to its list of lower-risk locations that are exempt from the order requiring travelers to fill out a form, undergo testing or quarantine, and another New England state is opening to visitors from Massachusetts.

The Department of Public Health added Missouri, Oregon and Washington state on Friday. Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the other locations already on the state’s list.

Under the current travel rules, anyone entering Massachusetts from other states is required to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form and quarantine for 10 days unless they can produce a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before they arrived in the state.

Failure to comply with the requirements could result in a $500 per day fine.

The travel order has exemptions, including for those who are just passing through Massachusetts, commuting across state lines for work, those arriving in Massachusetts for medical treatment, military personnel traveling under orders and those who are traveling for work in essential services.

DPH says states are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100,000 below 10 and positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a seven-day rolling average based on data from https://covidactnow.org/.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills said as of Friday, travelers from Massachusetts are allowed to visit without requiring testing or quarantine.

New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island are also open to Bay State visitors without having to quarantine. And, in Vermont, no quarantine is required for anyone who is fully vaccinated.

When Massachusetts residents return from these locations, however, Massachusetts’ travel rules, including a 10-day quarantine or a negative test, still apply.

Massachusetts remains on the quarantine list for Connecticut.

“The issue really isn’t about personal safety at this point, it’s about overall public health,” said Tufts Medical Center Epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron. “The CDC continues to say people should simply not travel. We don’t want to be moving virus around the country and around the world and we certainly don’t want to be moving these new variants around the country and around the world.”

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