“You fly into New York, we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying,” Cuomo told CNN in reference to people arriving from states with high infection rates. Inspectors will be performing “random checks” on travelers supposed to be under quarantine following New York’s new self-quarantine orders. The joint advisory with New Jersey and Connecticut went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Random Checks for Travelers
Cuomo said that inspectors will be checking names on flight lists and making sure “you’re quarantining,” adding that if you’re not, it’s a violation of the law, which would lead to a fine and mandatory quarantine. While Cuomo admits that many that will slip through the net, as with any other law, he warned travelers to not take their chances as the rule could get enforced and spell even more trouble if you’re caught by the authorities.
The New York Gov. insisted that the measure is “not a blockade” on states like Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, and others with high coronavirus rates, but rather the state of New York exercising its right to regulate its public health. He also stated that it is a “real American tragedy” that many states chose not to follow the stay-at-home policy, bringing up that New York’s hospitalization rates are now the lowest, and criticizing states who opened up too soon.