N.C. travelers to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut required to quarantine

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New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will require visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates, including North Carolina, to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, beginning Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

“We now have to make sure the rates continue to drop,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday at a video briefing with Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut. “We also have to make sure the virus doesn’t come on a plane again.”

Visitors to New York from affected states will be informed that they need to quarantine and that violators could face a mandatory quarantine and a fine, Cuomo said.

The announcement comes as summer travel to the states’ beaches, parks and other attractions — not to mention New York City — would normally swing into high gear.

Visitors from states over a set infection rate will have to quarantine, Cuomo said. As of Wednesday, states over the threshold were Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas, the AP reported.

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