CBS2 has what you need to know about New York State’s new coronavirus quarantine rules – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There are new details on what to do if you plan to travel outside of New York and come back. The option to “test” to have to quarantine for two weeks begins Wednesday, but visitors can get the ball rolling now.Hell’s Kitchen’s Haida Holscher waited for a cold Monday to take a COVID-19 test before flying to California for a week.

“For the people that I’m going to see and everyone that I’m going to come into contact with, really. I think it’s important to get tested, ”Holscher told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.

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Under a new policy announced this weekend by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Holscher can take a test halfway through his trip to California to begin the return home process and avoid a 14-day quarantine in New York.

This is how it works:

  • Within 72 hours of your departure for New York, you must take a COVID-19 test.
  • Then, when you get here, you have to quarantine yourself for three days.
  • On the fourth day, you must take a second test.
  • If both tests are negative, you should not quarantine.

Quarantine and “testing” processes are required for all travelers, except travel from neighboring states – New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont.


Rozner asked the governor by phone on Monday, “Is there a way for the state to follow this? Or is it really more of an honor system?

“No, we keep track of it,” Cuomo replied. “First, there are staff at the airport. Your test is recorded in what they call the “Comcare system” which is then monitored by the local health services. ”

He said the second test was being reported to the Health Ministry.

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For Tyra Willer of Hell’s Kitchen, that means not having to miss work when she returns to see her family in Texas over Christmas.

“If I could just take a test to prove that it would be a lot more beneficial,” Willer said.


Representatives from the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut told Rozner that policies regarding visitors from those states have not changed.

New Yorkers on quick trips – less than 24 hours outside the area – don’t need to test before re-entering. However, they are required to take a test four days after arriving in New York City.

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