Travelers will be largely trusted to self-isolate on their own. Those who don’t voluntarily quarantine for 14 days will be subject to fines and a mandatory quarantine. The fines begin at $2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and up to $10,000 if they cause harm.
It is not immediately clear how individuals will be told this information upon arriving or how the state's will be keeping track of travel records.
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The new order is a stark contrast to the coronavirus situation in the tri-state area and surrounding region three months ago. In late March, President Donald Trump even considered placing the three states under quarantine as New York became the epicenter for the virus in the U.S.
However, as of Wednesday, all three states have reported a decline in cases in the past week, while COVID-19 infections are on the rise in 27 other states.
“Nationally, we should admit the reality. Denial is not a life strategy. It never is. Those 27 states are going up. More people are being infected and more lives will be lost,” Cuomo noted during the press conference.
On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci called the new surge "disturbing" while addressing the House Energy and Commerce Committee, The New York Times reported.
"The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other states," he said. "The virus is not going to disappear."
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