TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Six states have been dropped from the Tri-State Area's travel advisory.
People coming in from California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio no longer have to quarantine for two weeks once they arrive in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. The Northern Mariana Islands have also been removed.
Puerto Rico has been added back to the list.
The quarantine rule applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.
As of Tuesday, a total of 30 states and territories now meet that criteria: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
"It is the responsibility of New Jerseyans and visitors to our state to protect others from the spread of COVID-19," said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the updated list in a press release Tuesday. "It remains critically important for anyone arriving to New Jersey from these 30 states and territories to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days."
"When other states and territories make progress fighting COVID-19, that's good for New York and while I am glad to see areas removed from the travel advisory list, it still remains far too long," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "Make no mistake: We must continue to be New York Tough and stay smart. Wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing is what tamed this beast in New York and we must keep it up."
On Monday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont tweaked the travel advisory so that people who come into Connecticut from a state or U.S. terriroty with a high coronavirus infection rate won't have to quarantine for two weeks if they provide a negative test result.