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Cuomo: quarantine for Pa. travelers ‘not practically viable’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said Pennsylvania — along with Connecticut and New Jersey — meet the criteria for the state’s travel advisory, though due to the “interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable.”

The state is discouraging, to the extent practical, non-essential travel to and from these states while they meet the travel advisory criteria.

As of Tuesday, 43 states have met the criteria for the travel advisory, which requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.

“We are now in a situation where 43 states meet the criteria for our travel advisory. This is really a bizarre outcome, considering New York once had the highest infection rate,” Cuomo said. “There is no practical way to quarantine New York from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. There are just too many interchanges, interconnections, and people who live in one place and work in the other. It would have a disastrous effect on the economy, and remember while we’re fighting this public health pandemic we’re also fighting to open up the economy. However, to the extent travel between the states is not essential, it should be avoided.”

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