Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective Aug. 1 – Revere Journal

Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective Aug. 1 – Revere Journal

Gov. Charlie Baker announced
that effective Aug. 1,  all travelers entering the Commonwealth, including
both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home, will be
required to comply with a new travel order.

Travel Order: Starting
August 1, all visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home, including
students returning to campuses for the fall semester, must fill out a
“Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming
from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test
result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts,
or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions.

Individuals who get a test
must remain in quarantine until they receive their negative test results.
Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Travelers are exempt from this
requirement if they are coming from a state that has been
designated by the Department of Public Health as a lower risk COVID-19
state or fall into another narrow exemption category.

Based on current public
health data, those lower risk states will include: New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.

Traveler exemptions include
people passing through the state, people commuting across state lines for work,
people traveling to Massachusetts for medical treatment, people complying with
military orders, or people traveling to work in federally designated critical
infrastructure sectors (essential services).

Prior to travel, people
should visit www.mass.gov/MAtraveler to fill out the “Massachusetts Travel
Form” or text “MATraveler” to 888-777.

The list of lower
risk states is subject to change based on public health data, and states
may be added or taken off the list at any time.

The Administration also
announced updates to the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Mandatory Safety Standards for
Workplaces to incorporate the requirements of the travel order. This included
sector-specific updates for lodging, higher education, office spaces and other
industry sectors.

Updated guidance: The
Administration today updated guidance for lodging, offices, manufacturing,
construction, labs, performance venues and indoor and outdoor events relative
to the travel order. In addition, lodging operators are required to notify
guests about this new travel order. 

Employers are strongly
discouraged from allowing business-related travel to destinations other than
those appearing on the list of COVID-19 lower risk states. Employers that
permit employer-paid or -reimbursed travel to those states should take measures
to ensure employees comply with this order. Employers are also urged to
strongly discourage their employees from taking leisure travel to destinations
not included on the list of COVID-19 lower-risk states.

All travelers and residents
are required to continue to follow the Administration’s order that requires
face coverings, and practice good hygiene, social distancing and regular hand
washing. People should not travel to Massachusetts if they have symptoms of
COVID-19. Travelers will be informed of this order and new travel guidance by
airlines, passenger rail corporations, bus companies and some major travel
agents when booking trips and before arrival in Massachusetts.

For more information, please
visit mass.gov/MATraveler or text “MATraveler” to 888-777.



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