NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Phil Murphy are tightening the restrictions on travel into our area, adding four new states to the hot spot quarantine list.

There’s also enforcement beginning Tuesday at New York airports, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

The four states added to the advisory list are Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin, bringing the total to 22. Delaware has been taken off the list.

Travelers from any of the identified states to New York or New Jersey must quarantine for 14 days.

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Here’s how it works at airports: When a traveler arrives at the gate they must have a new Department of Health form filled out. They will be met by an enforcement team, which will check phones or paperwork to confirm. If the form is not filled out, the traveler could face a hefty fine.


Craig Davis landed at LaGuardia from Georgia, one of the spiking states, and told Duddridge about the process.

“Just basic questions, like what state are you coming from? Have you been around anybody who has had any symptoms of the virus,” said Davis, who came in from Atlanta. “I’m not sure what to think yet, because I haven’t studied it, but if it’s to keep the virus down, I’ll give it a thumb’s up.”

Passengers either get the form before boarding or in the air, and also can fill it out electronically. It asks for contact information, where the traveler plans to stay, and if you are traveling from a state designated as having a significant amount of community spread. If so, it advises that you must quarantine for two weeks.

Duddridge couldn’t find anyone at LaGuardia who objected.

“Because there are definitely spikes in other states, so I think it’s necessary,” one traveler said.

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The new measures apply to anyone who arrives by air, car, bus, or train, but doesn’t apply to essential workers or someone just passing through a state within a 24-hour period.

“I’m only here for a day, so it doesn’t affect me, really. I’m kind of happy about that. But I think that’s a good idea for them to put that in place. Just because I know a lot of people are using this downtime to go to other states, get vacations out of it,” said Najoua Alioualla, who arrived from Chicago.

Driving your own car into the state is obviously more difficult to enforce, but even at the airport, a more controlled environment, one passenger told Duddridge she slipped through the cracks.

“Nobody’s even stopping people to say anything. I just seen the sign, so I stopped,” said Atalia Grice, who flew in from Washington.

If you don’t fill out a form, you could face a fine of up to $2,000. What’s more, if you violate a quarantine order, you could face a $10,000 penalty, the state said.

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Christy Flynn is trying to figure out what it means for plans to bring her son Kyle to college at Xavier in Cincinnati.

“I had a feeling it was only a matter of time before Ohio was added,” she told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. “We have to move him in three weeks and to not know what’s going on is, it’s just, it’s starting to get really frustrating.”

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The mandate was announced Monday as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s plan to help contain the rate of coronavirus spread.

“None of this is pleasant, but we’ve gone through this before. We went through this, watched 3 million Europeans, people from Europe, come into this state, and bringing the virus. Fool me once. We can’t be in a situation where we have people coming from other states in the country, bringing the virus,” Cuomo said.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said it’s possible New Jersey could implement similar measures.

“We’ll do it our own way, but we’re deadly serious about this. This is a travel advisory,” Murphy said. “We knew when we opened our state up we’d take on more risk of transmission of the virus. But there’s an added element from folks who are coming in from out of state, from hotspots.”

What passengers landing in New York said they aren’t sure about is if the state will be following up with them to make sure they’re staying at home.

“I’m kind of confused, too, because I mean also it seems like paperwork gets lost super easy, so who knows? I’ll be quarantining. I don’t think they said anything up there, but I know that should be what everyone’s doing,” Andrea Baxter said.

“You gotta put your address. You got to make sure you’re there for 14 days. I’m guessing they’re going to give you a visit within those 14 days you’re supposed to be quarantining?” said traveler Michael Carter, who is quarantining in New York City.

Duddridge asked the Gov. Cuomo’s Office, which responded by saying all cases where a quarantine is necessary are being referred to the local health department for compliance and follow up.

So, yes, expect to be contacted.

Comments (17)
  1. Vivian says:

    NJ Diners are closed for indoor dining but flights are packed. What’s wrong with this picture Governor Murphy? A 20 minute breakfast is more dangerous than a four hour packed flight? Are you serious? Open all businesses now!

  2. dwstick1 says:

    Yet still no action being taken against brother Fredo for breaking quarantine when he left his house to go out and argue with that old man on a bicycle that ‘dared’ to pedal past his house, right Andrew?!

  3. elskid says:

    This is a fact proven over and over again. The government cannot solve problems; they can only take our freedoms and our money in the guise of protecting us.

  4. Paul says:

    This is absolutely insane. This is a free country and you should be able to travel freely. This is nothing but power hungry politicians wielding power they do not or should not have. These fines are unconstitutional and anyone who has one imposed on them should fight this all the way to the supreme court. The gov. of any state cannot make laws themselves. An executive order is not law. This is truly becoming a big brother system. Also some of these gov. expecially Cuomo should be in prison with an estimated 5,000 murders on his hands for what he did to the nursing homes.mask or no mask it is not slowing down. Deaths that are not covid related are being put in as covid. Texas actually will mark you as positive if you have 2 symptoms. Then they add 15 more imaginary cases to the count stating you have probably come in contact with that many people. An idiotic way to up the numbers and put out the scare. Covid 19 has been a cure for influenza and you do not hear of any deaths due to the flu. When this virus hit our shores there were already 22k deaths from the flu in the US. None once covid scare started. Take this power away from the tyrant gov who are trying to wield power they do not have.

  5. Boomer Rocks says:

    Montana? They have about 1,000 cases total in the whole state. As if the economy in NY isn’t devastated enough, now they restrict travel into a state that has reached herd immunity.

  6. Wayne says:

    The tyrants aren’t the problem – we already knew who they really were. Every one of these high-level politicians and bureaucrats are salivating at the opportunity to satisfy their lust to dominate. We’ve seen that in every state in the country, no matter which party they belong to. They crave control and domination. That is why they wanted those jobs in the first place.

    The problem lies with these people who happily accept, upon entering another state, being subject to an East German-style checkpoint and interrogation, followed by orders to put themselves under house arrest. They disgrace themselves, they disgrace our ancestors who paid dearly for the liberty we have inherited, and they disgrace our posterity by not passing on that liberty to them. They disgrace all of us.

  7. West Coast says:

    This Nazi would rather paint the street than do actual work – Cuomo Clown. FOH

  8. ottomatic says:

    Here’s an idea….allow Mother Nature run it’s course. The masks, quarantining, social distancing, ruining the economy and imposing fines hasn’t slowed the virus at all, in fact it’s worse. You can’t develop an immunity to a pathogen unless you’re exposed to it. Talks of a vaccine are just that, talk.

  9. Mike says:

    F New York. Not one penny of my tax payer dollars better be going to bailout this idiot state. Cuomo can rot

  10. Steve D says:

    Cuomo already killed the vulnerable seniors that would be affected with his incompetence

  11. scott sanger says:

    this is a dictatorship now telling American citizens what they can and cant do.. A Dictatorship at the state level…… and you are taking it………

  12. WVU Mountaineer says:

    Not too long ago I believe I remember the Gov of NY crying and whining because Rhode Island was requiring NY citizens to quarantine. He even threatened to sue to stop the practice. Talk about the height of arrogance and hypocrisy.

  13. Brian Bunker says:

    Had a 72 hour stay to give a business lecture in August , cancelling because I am not going to stay for 2 weeks before I can give it. I’m more likely to GET it there, than bring it in.

  14. John Lobenstein says:

    Why even consider going to New York or New Jersey if you have to “live” in an isolation hazmat suit/cubicle for 14 days.

  15. Bill Jefferson says:

    Leftist snowflake democRat cowards. Stay in your dump, New York; we don’t need you infesting our normal states.

  16. Bill Jefferson says:

    “Nation to New York – Drop Dead”

  17. LA NUKKA says:

    Simple – stay away from the communist state and dont contribute to their tax revenue. What they are doing is completely unconstitutional + fear mongering.

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