No Fines For Violating Coronavirus Travel Quarantine In CT

Rich Kirby

CONNECTICUT — New York and Connecticut have been working together to ensure their quarantine enforcement for travelers from states hit hard by the coronavirus are in lockstep, but the Nutmeg State is breaking ranks when it comes to fines.

Gov. Ned Lamont said during a Tuesday news conference he is "not looking at fines at this point" for violators.

New York announced it is fining people $2,000 if they don't comply with an order to fill out contact information upon arrival.

On June 24, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers coming into the region from states with high rates of coronavirus infections. Right now, travelers from the states on the quarantine list must disclose to Connecticut officials where they plan to quarantine and give contact information.

Air traffic from quarantined states dropped around 70 percent prior to the quarantine order; it dropped another 50 percent once the quarantine order went into effect, Lamont said. The quarantine order applies to all travelers and not only those who arrive by plane; it also applies to Connecticut residents returning from states listed in the quarantine order.

Four new states were added to the quarantine list this week and was removed, bringing the total to 22 states.

States on the list have a new daily positive coronavirus test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a 10 percent or higher positive test rate over a seven-day rolling average.

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This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch