Any travelers that have plans to fly into New York from certain states will now be required to complete a designated form with their contact information and travel plans before they can leave airports across the state.
What We Know:
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that beginning on Tuesday, teams which will include police officers, will be ready at arrival gates to check each passenger to see if they have filled out the new form either online or on paper.
- This new measure is a part of the state’s effort to try to enforce its 14-day quarantine requirements for travelers from 22 states, including Georgia, California, Florida and Arizona. New Jersey and Connecticut have also added these same 22 states to their own lists due to rapid increase of positive coronavirus cases in these states.
“We can’t be in a situation where we have people coming from other states in the country bringing the virus again,” Cuomo said during a press conference. “It is that simple.”
- All travelers who neglect to fill out the mandated paperwork and leave an airport in New York could face up to a $2,000 fine, be required to attend a hearing and complete a mandatory quarantine.
- Despite New York’s case count having vastly improved since just a month or two ago, many other states are seeing large spikes now. Cuomo is one of many who continues to blame President Trump for downplaying the virus.
- “Trump’s COVID scandal makes what Nixon did at Watergate look innocent. Nobody died in the Watergate scandal. Thousands of people are going to die in this COVID scandal,” Cuomo said.
Moreover, Governor Cuomo has said that several states have reached out to ask New York for help in their battle against COVID-19. While Cuomo did say he will make a trip to one of the few states he’s been speaking to, it remains unclear which one he’ll visit.