Since late March, travelers to Massachusetts have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. Soon, failure to comply, or failure to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving in the state, could result in fines.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced the new travel requirements, including a Massachusetts Travel Form for anyone coming to the state, unless they’re coming from a lower risk state or meet certain “limited exemptions,” during a Friday press conference. This includes Massachusetts residents who are returning to the state after traveling elsewhere and international travelers.
“Every traveler coming to Massachusetts no matter where they’re from has a responsibility to help keep COVID-19 out of the commonwealth,” Baker said.
The new travel order goes into effect on Aug. 1. Anyone who doesn’t follow the new rules is subject to a fine of $500 per day.
At this time of year, many people are traveling to and from Massachusetts for vacation or in some cases getting ready to come back to school,” the governor said. “We’ve already seen an uptick in activity at Logan Airport.”
There are a few exceptions to the order. These include people (including returning Massachusetts residents) coming from nearby states, including the rest of New England – Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont — plus New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii, as they’re considered “lower risk.”