Tri-State Announcements & Updates
December 30, 2020 Update:
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Governor Cuomo revised the state’s long-standing quarantine requirement regarding COVID-19. The new order, effective immediately, lowers the quarantine requirement from 14 to 10 days, reflecting the guidelines as currently provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This updated quarantine order covers all individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and those who have traveled outside New York state for over 24 hours.
Further, it was also announced that there are new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.
For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:
- For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
- Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
- For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
- The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
- However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.
November 12, 2020 Update:
Governor Cuomo Announces Restaurants, Bars & Other SLA-licensed Entities Must Close In-person Service From 10 PM to 5 AM Daily
As of yesterday, November 11th, New York’s Governor Cuomo declared that bars, restaurants, establishments with New York State liquor licenses (such as bowling alleys), and gyms must close each day at 10:00 pm statewide beginning on Friday, November 13th in a new crackdown to contain an uptick in outbreaks of COVID-19 across the state. Restaurants will be able to continue takeout and delivery past the 10:00 pm deadline however, private gatherings will also be limited to 10 people which will most likely impact many New Yorkers making their Thanksgiving plans.
The continued adherence to tightening of activities and hyper-vigilance doesn’t bode well for movie theaters in New York City, which remain closed and have been lobbying to reopen before more key studio releases drop from the holiday schedule.
New York’s Travel Advisory 2.0: Frequently Asked Questions
New York’s travel advisory has been substantially altered during the past two weeks. On October 31, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 205.2, which revised the New York State Travel Advisory for domestic travel. On November 3, the New York State Department of Health issued an updated guidance document (the November 3 Guidance). The changes made by Executive Order 205.2 and the November 3 Guidance have generated confusion. Below, we discuss some frequently asked questions we have received about these updates.
Which states and countries does the travel advisory apply to?
What does the travel advisory require?
Does the 24-hour exemption still apply?
How does the November 3 Guidance impact essential workers?
May international travelers qualify as essential workers?
Who is considered an essential worker?
What are the consequences for non-compliance?
Who must fill out the traveler health form?
Are there any other exemptions to the travel advisory?
December 23, 2020 Update:
New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel at this time.
Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:
- If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
- If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
- If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
- If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.
The advisory is no longer specific to certain states. Because of the rising number of case counts across all states, there is an increased risk of spread of COVID-19 upon return from any travel.
The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. Travelers arriving from areas with increasing COVID-19 cases may wish to postpone their travel to the region if they are unwilling or unable to follow the quarantine advisory.
Travelers and those residents who are returning from states and territories beyond the immediate region should quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
We ask that anyone who travels to New Jersey from a state/territory outside the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) complete a voluntary online survey to provide information about where you are traveling from and your destination.
Access the survey by visiting covid19.nj.gov/njtravel or texting “NJTRAVEL” to 898211.
April 4, 2020 Update:
Paid Sick Leave & Family Leave Insurance Benefits
- Amended to permit employers to provide sick leave when an employee is unable to work because:
- There is a state of emergency or threat of health to others by the presence of an employee in the community (paid sick leave).
- The same circumstance as above but determination relates to an employee’s family member in need of care by the employee (paid sick leave & FLI).
- The employee is caring for a family member who is in isolation or quarantine because of “suspected exposure to a communicable disease” (paid sick leave & FLI).
- The employee is isolated or quarantined (paid sick leave).
- The employee’s workplace or child’s daycare or school is closed because of a state of emergency (paid sick leave).
April 4, 2020 Update:
Family Leave Act
- FMLA is amended to expand the definition of “serious health condition” during a state of emergency.
- This will apply to employers with 30+ employees.
- It prohibits an employer from denying family leave to any employee during an epidemic of a communicable disease or a known suspected exposure to such a disease.
- This will apply to care for a family member who needs to be quarantined; or because the family member’s place of care is closed due to a state of emergency.
April 4, 2020 Update:
Temporary Disability Insurance
- The law has been modified to waive the seven-day waiting period for benefits during a state of emergency if the disability is for illness caused by an epidemic of a communicable disease, a known or suspected exposure to the disease, or in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease.
- Employers with a private disability plan instead of a New Jersey state plan are required to provide these benefits as well.
November 6, 2020
Connecticut is currently in Phase 2.1: As Connecticut continues taking steps to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19, the state is currently in Phase 2.1 of its reopening plans. It previously had been in Phase 3, however, due to a spike in cases statewide, the state rolled back to Phase 2.1, which is a slightly modified version of Phase 2, effective November 6, 2020. Here are all of the rules the apply in Phase 2.1.
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Travel Advisory: A travel advisory is currently in effect for anyone entering Connecticut from states with high community spread of COVID-19. Click here for detailed information on the travel advisory. Executive Order Regarding Travel: Pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 9S, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States, is directed to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country
In general, for more information please refer to the Connecticut State website.
New York State – Guidance for determining whether a business enterprise is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive orders
- Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise Is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders
- FAQs for Whether a Business Is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Order Enacted To Address Covid-19 Outbreak
New York State – How Much Paid Sick Time Are Employers Required to provide?
New Jersey Job Protection and Lost Wages
- Worker Benefits, Protections and the Coronavirus (COVID-19): What NJ Workers Should Know
- Legislation concerning time off from work in connection with infectious disease
- Legislation concerning temporary lost wage unemployment Program
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