Massachusetts added one state and one US territory to its low-risk travel list, meaning people who travel to and from these destinations do not need to quarantine.
North Dakota and Puerto Rico are now considered low-enough risk for quarantine-free travel, joining Hawaii, which has been the only US state or territory considered low-risk since November. Massachusetts added those locations to its low-risk travel list early Saturday.
Travelers arriving from either of these places will no longer need to fill out the state’s travel form, quarantine for 10 days, or produce a negative COVID-19 test, which are required under Massachusetts’ COVID-19 travel order. There are some exceptions to the guidelines, including for people who commute to work or go to school.
In order to be considered a low-risk state, the location must have fewer than 10 average daily cases per 100,000 people and a positive COVID-19 test rate of below 5 percent. Both figures must hold for a 7-day rolling average.
Vermont was the last place before North Dakota and Puerto Rico to be considered low-risk, but it was removed from that list in late November.
The change comes as COVID-19 cases across the country have started to trend downward.