NEW YORK — Two new states meet the current criteria to be added to New York's Travel Advisory list, but only one will be added.
Massachusetts and California both now have seven day rolling averages of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents greater than 10.
As a border state, Massachusetts will not be added to the list like other border states, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, given the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between the states.
New York State highly discourages non-essential travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania while they meet the travel advisory criteria.
"There is no practical way to quarantine New York from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut," said Governor Andrew Cuomo during last week's travel update. "There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we're fighting this public health pandemic we're also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided."
The full, updated travel advisory list is available below:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Cuomo said the state is studying whether its current policy of requiring certain out-of-state travelers to quarantine for two weeks should take on a different approach.
“We have to explore if there is a better, smarter way to handle a quarantine,” the governor said.
Forty-five states meet the criteria for a 14-day quarantine.
"Now, 45 states and territories meet the requirements for our travel advisory," Cuomo said. "We cannot let our guard down and risk going backwards in New York. It's going to take the work of all of us to remain vigilant. Stay NY Smart - wear a mask, socially distance and follow the public health guidance. It's there to save lives."
The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.