Earlier today Gov. Charlie Baker established a new mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Massachusetts or returning to the state from anywhere except lower risk states. The new order, effective August 1, is the first time the Baker administration has included an enforcement mechanism for the state’s long-standing traveler quarantine requirements. The mandatory quarantine order includes a $500-per-day fines for people who do not comply.
According to the Governor, the order applies to all visitors and residents, including students. Lower risk states are designated by the Department of Public Health and currently include the rest of New England, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.
A new form has been released that travelers to the commonwealth must fill out confirming either that they will quarantine or that they have received a negative COVID test result in the past 72 hours.
We will provide additional guidance in the next few days.