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Two Northeast states added to Mass. travel order

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Connecticut added Massachusetts to its state travel advisory on Tuesday, requiring visitors or people returning to quarantine for two weeks or provide a negative COVID-19 test.

On Friday, Massachusetts did the same to travelers coming to the commonwealth from Connecticut.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday that, effective Saturday, Oct. 31, Connecticut and New Jersey would be moved to the list of higher-risk states subject to Gov. Charlie Baker's travel order, meaning that travelers from that trio will once again need to quarantine for 14 days or present negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival.

It's the first time Connecticut has landed on Massachusetts' list of states subject to its travel order. New Jersey has been removed and added back onto the travel order list in the past.

Neighboring Rhode Island also remained on the high-risk list.

The move comes as COVID-19 cases rapidly increase both in Massachusetts and across the country.

New York's governor said earlier this week he was highly discouraging travel between Massachusetts and his state but said he had no way to enforce any sort of travel order that New York has in place with other COVID-19 high risk states across the country.

Massachusetts now has seven states and the District of Columbia on the lower-risk travel list.

According to officials, states are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100,000 below 10 and a positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a seven-day rolling average.

Some forms of travel are still allowed without triggering the restrictions, including those passing through higher-risk states and commutes for work.

As of Oct. 31, the current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states and areas includes:

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Vermont
  • Washington state

Massachusetts residents are urged to limit any out-of-state travel only to states designated as COVID-19 lower-risk states.

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