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New Yorkers who travel out of state no longer have to quarantine upon returning

For months, domestic commuters to New York were previously warned to quarantine upon arrival for as long as two weeks.

But today (April 1), domestic commuters are no longer ordered to quarantine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stated Thursday. However, the state will still suggest they do so as “an added safety precaution.” The quarantine requirement remains for domestic travelers, and all travelers must proceed to fill out the state’s traveler health application, he stated in a statement.

Despite the decision, “it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down,” Mr. Cuomo said, adding that people should continue to abide by the health precautions, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

The governor has been releasing some pandemic restrictions even as New York remains among the top states leading the nation in the rates of new coronavirus reports per capita.

As of yesterday, New York was reporting a seven-day standard of 37 new reported virus cases a day for every 100,000 residents, according to a New York Times (NYT) report, following only New Jersey. The nation as a whole, totaling 17 new cases per 100,000 people. New York City is currently adding recent reports at a per capita rate roughly three times higher than that of Los Angeles County.

Not long after Mr. Cuomo’s decision, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City stated on Thursday at a news conference that the city had not been consulted about the quarantine change. He said he would consult with his health experts about the impact it has on the public.

“Of course, I have concerns about this,” he said. “I think the introduction of the virus from outside has been the biggest and toughest X-factors in this crisis and something to worry about going forward.”

Dr. Mitchell Katz, the city’s public hospitals chief, said the removal of the quarantine requirement was “worrisome,” given the prevalence of virus variants.

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