Cuomo: Air Travelers From COVID Hotspots Must Provide Contact Info Or Face $2K Fine

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July 13, 2020 - 3:02 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order mandating that travelers flying into New York from areas with a high number of coronavirus cases must provide contact information when entering the state.

    The order will help enforce quarantine guidelines set by Gov. Cuomo this month, requiring travelers from a number of states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. 

    Last week, the governor announced airlines would be handing out forms for travelers to fill out before landing in New York, if they were arriving from a state with a high infection rate. 

    The forms ask flyers where they are coming from, where they will be staying and asks for contact information to be given to contact tracing teams. 

    Gov. Cuomo on Monday announced there had been instances of non-compliance, prompting him to issue an emergency heath order to mandate travelers fill out the forms. 

    Cuomo has said those who violate the quarantine could face mandatory quarantine and fines of $2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for second and up to $10,000 if they "cause harm." 

    Currently, 19 states meet that threshold.

    "None of this is pleasant, but we've gone through this before," Cuomo said. 

    He says travelers from Europe who were infected with COVID-19 sparked the first cases in the state, which rapidly spread throughout March and April, when New York saw its peak in cases.

    Cuomo said New York went through “111 days of hell” after the first cases were reported in the state and New Yorkers were vigilant in stopping the spread. He stresses that he does not want to go back on the progress the state has made.

    “We can’t be in a situation where we have people coming from other states in the county bringing the virus,” Cuomo said. 

    Port Authority will be handling the enforcement rules in downstate New York while individual airports will handle enforcement in upstate New York, Cuomo announced.

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