The Governor instructs all travelers to Massachusetts except from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days until further notice. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement. For more information, view the Reopening MA Report on www.mass.gov/reopening.
As of May 18, 2020 Phase 1 of the Governor’s 4-Phase Reopening Plan instructs all travelers to MA to self-quarantine for 14 days until further notice. On June 30, 2020 the Governor revised this advisory to exclude travelers from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Why is it important to quarantine if I have been traveling?
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have traveled to an area of local transmission (a place that has an active outbreak) where they could have been exposed to Covid-19.
The 14 days of quarantine allow enough time to see if there is any manifestation of the virus, if the person presents symptoms. The “incubation period” is the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days.