NEW YORK — New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from states with high infection rates to quarantine for 14 days, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
"We now have to make sure the rates continue to drop," Cuomo said. "We also have to make sure the virus doesn't come on a plane again."
Cuomo announced what was called a "travel advisory" at a briefing jointly via video feeds with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, both fellow Democrats.
The states' health departments will provide details of how the rule will work, Murphy said.
The announcement comes as summer travel to the states' beaches, parks and other attractions — not to mention New York City — would normally swing into high gear.
Visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine, Cuomo said. As of Wednesday, states over the threshold were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.
In Florida, travelers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are still required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, per a March executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Cuomo’s edict caught officials at Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport off guard, as both facilities were busy Wednesday working on policies and advisories conforming to new face masks ordinances on both sides of the bay.
Spokeswomen for both airports said it would likely fall to airlines to update most outgoing passengers about travel restrictions. Since DeSantis’s order went into effect in March, airlines have had passengers fill out quarantine forms before touching down in Tampa, said Tampa International Airport spokeswoman Emily Nipps.
Tampa International Airport averages about seven daily flights to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Nipps said.
”New York and New Jersey, those are big markets for us,” she said. “We have a lot of people traveling back and forth between that area and the Tampa Bay area. We try to keep our passengers informed as best we can. As we know, the rules are changing rapidly, and this one is new, so we will discuss how to keep our passengers informed.”
Times staff writer Jay Cridlin contributed to this report.
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