Officials in New York City are opening quarantine checkpoints at undisclosed “key entry points” in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement about the checkpoints on August 5. The checkpoints are meant to ensure that travelers follow quarantine requirements to self-isolate for two weeks upon entry into the city if they have visited 35 designated states with high transmission rates.
The fine for those who decline to fill out a travel form is $2000. Violation of quarantine can result in a $10,000 fine. Involuntary quarantine is also possible for violators.
Truckers are considered “essential workers” and are not subject to the same quarantine requirements as non-essential workers. According to a news release from de Blasio’s office, essential workers who are subject to the state’s quarantine requirements must:
Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and self-isolate and seek medical advice or testing if they show symptoms of COVID-19
Limit their contacts with other persons for fourteen (14) days.
If staying longer than 36 hours in New York state, test for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon arrival (within 24 hours).
The 35 states and territories on NYC’s travel advisory list as of August 5 are below.
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina