Baker relaxes Mass. travel advisory for people arriving from nearby states

Baker relaxes Mass. travel advisory for people arriving from nearby states

“These surrounding states, like Massachusetts, are seeing a significant decline in cases and new hospitalizations,” he said. “Travelers arriving from these 7 states are exempt.” The update to the self-quarantine advisory, effective July 1, applies to people coming to Massachusetts from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he was relaxing the state’s 14-day self-quarantine guidance for visitors, exempting people arriving from seven other states in the Northeast that are making progress in the battle against the coronavirus. “We believe this change reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with the Commonwealth’s approach to COVID-19 standards generally,” he said. Baker’s announcement follows an advisory he released on March 27 urging all travelers to Massachusetts to self-quarantine for 14 days. The advisory, which still applies to 42 other states, includes no fines. Baker reiterated Tuesday at a State House news briefing that he believes there are legal limits on setting restrictions on travelers from other states. “There are real constitutional issues associated with limiting travel between states,” he said. He also noted that all people who have COVID-19 symptoms are instructed not to travel to the state. The announcement comes at a time that the Northeast is doing better than other parts of the country in battling the virus. There is rising concern about the increasingly ferocious spread of the coronavirus in at least 30 other states, particularly in the South and West. At least a dozen states and cities ...
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