ALBANY — New York state on Tuesday added Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., to its travel quarantine list.
The move brings the number of affected states to 34. Anyone arriving in New York from these places has been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days due to the high level of COVID-19 infections in those states. Those who don’t can face penalties.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that he didn’t know how many summonses had been issued for violating the quarantine. He knows anecdotally that a fair number of people on flights arriving from affected places had refused to fill out their travel disclosure form until threatened with summonses for not doing so, then decided to fill it out.
Cuomo on Tuesday continued his campaign against external threats (travelers from COVID hot zones) and internal threats (New Yorkers behaving unsafely), both of which he has said threaten to undo the progress New York as made against the pandemic.
He held up a weekend concert by The Chainsmokers in eastern Long Island as a grossly irresponsible example of a mass gathering with significant potential for spread of the virus.
Cuomo also continued his campaign against bars and restaurants that do the same thing on a smaller scale, allowing too many people to crowd too close together.
In an attempt at public shaming, the governor has begun to announce the names of establishments cited by the state for violations.
Most have been in the New York City and Long Island regions, but some upstate establishments have been cited as well, including a few in the Capital Region: Dozer’s Bar, Ballston Spa; Loopie’s Pub, Tribes Hill; Danberg Enterprises, Watervliet; John’s Tavern of Duanesburg; Dee Dee’s, Latham; Cosmo’s Bar & Grill, St. Johnsville; River Road House, Rotterdam; and JKM Prima, Niskayuna.
As of Tuesday, New York’s travel quarantine list includes the following places:
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina