Date of Record 07/24/20: Governor Charlie Baker announced that effective August 1, 2020, all travelers entering MA (both out of state residents and MA residents returning home), must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester.
COVID-19 Travel Order
The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to complete a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.
Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Traveler Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. Data is from covidexitstrategy.org as of July 21, 2020.
The current list (July 24, 2020) of COVID-19 lower-risk states includes:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
More details on this order are available at www.mass.gov/matraveler.