New COVID-19 travel restrictions for Massachusetts begins Saturday

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BOSTON (WLNE) – New travel restrictions will be going into effect Saturday in Massachusetts and failure to comply could result in a hefty $500 daily fine.

The new order that takes effect Saturday, Aug. 1 mandates that all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow these orders:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

The guidance adds that if you have not yet received your COVID-19 test result prior to arriving in the state than you must quarantine until receiving a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Here is a more detailed look at the order (Credit: Mass.gov)

All individuals entering Massachusetts after 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020 who are over the age of 18 or an unaccompanied minor must complete and submit the on-line Massachusetts Travel Form unless the individual meets  one of the exemptions below:

  • Coming from a Lower-risk State: This includes individuals coming from a COVID-19 lower-risk state within the United States, as detailed below:
    • Connecticut
    • Hawaii
    • Maine
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
  • Transitory travel: This includes people who are passing through Massachusetts and permits travelers to drive through the State or to connect to their airplane, bus or train, or to stop at a highway rest stop, but this exception extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop.
  • Persons Commuting for Work or School: People who regularly commute, at least weekly, outside of Massachusetts to a fixed place to attend school or work or any person who regularly commutes, at least weekly into Massachusetts to a fixed place to attend school or work; provided that in either case, this exception applies only to and from the person’s residence and place of work or school.  Workers or students who travel to any place that is not their home state for personal or leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption.
  • Patients Seeking or Receiving Medical Treatment:  Patients who are traveling to Massachusetts to seek or receive specialized medical care from a physician located in the Commonwealth and persons accompanying and providing needed support to the patient.
  • Military Personnel: Any person who is required to travel to Massachusetts at the order or directive of a Federal or State military authority.
  • Workers Providing Critical Infrastructure Services: Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions as specified in Version 3.1 of the listing published by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are exempt from quarantine while they are commuting to or from or while at work.  For the first 14-days after arrival, when the worker is not at work or commuting to work they must quarantine. Additional information may be found here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce. Workers who travel to or from Massachusetts for personal or leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption.

If you do not meet one of the exemptions above, the guidance says you must complete and submit the online Massachusetts Travel Form.

The existing travel policy remains in effect for the remainder of July.

For more information on the travel order taking effect on Aug. 1 click here.

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