For the primary time in months, Massachusetts modified which U.S. states and territories individuals can journey from with out quarantining amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Puerto Rico and North Dakota had been added to the low-risk record of Massachusetts’ COVID journey order. Hawaii had been the one state thought-about low-enough threat for quarantine-free journey because the finish of November.
The change for vacationers from Puerto Rico and North Dakota goes into impact Saturday morning after midnight, the Massachusetts Division of Public Well being mentioned.
To be included on Massachusetts’ record of low-risk states for journey, the placement should have fewer than 10 common every day instances per 100,000 individuals and a optimistic COVID-19 check price beneath 5%. Each figures should maintain over a seven-day common.
The change comes amid an easing of the coronavirus surge each in Massachusetts and nationwide.
Vacationers from locations that are not on the low-risk record should fill out the Massachusetts Journey Kind and quarantine for 14 days, in accordance with the state’s tips. That features anybody who’s coming from one of many low-risk states however stayed “for greater than a transitory time frame within the final 14 days” in a higher-risk state.
There are some exemptions, together with for people who find themselves going to higher-risk states simply to commute or go to high school. See the full order, which incorporates the exemptions, right here.
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Vermont was the final place within the U.S. in addition to Hawaii from the place individuals may come to Massachusetts with out quarantining, however that modified the final weekend of November.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was requested final week about whether or not the state was prepared to start opening journey as case numbers subsided.
“There’s definitely a development nationally the place instances are coming down in most locations,” he mentioned. “The slope of the road varies from state to state and the size of the road varies from state to state. Hospitalizations have additionally seen a peak and are coming down. However the identical factor is true there — some (states) have been coming down for weeks and a few are simply beginning to come down.”