Massachusetts' New Travel Order Goes Into Effect At Midnight

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Starting on Saturday August 1st, anyone entering Massachusetts will be required to abide by the state's new travel over.

According to Gov. Baker, all visitors, Massachusetts residents returning home, and students returning to campuses for the Fall semester, will be required to fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form."

Anyone coming across state lines must also either produce a negative COVID-test result, or self-quarantine for two weeks.

"You not need to quarantine for 14 days if you took a test for COVID-19 and have received a negative result," said Baker. "The specimen for the test must have been collected no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts, and the testing must be by a method approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Upon request, you must be able to demonstrate proof of the negative test result."

While a traveler may choose to leave Massachusetts before the completion of his or her 14-day quarantine, individuals who get a test must remain in quarantine until they receive their negative test results. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Read More: Here's What The Massachusetts Travel Order Means

Travelers will be informed of the Order by airlines, passenger rail corporations, bus companies and some major travel agents when booking trips and before arrival in Massachusetts. Drivers coming in to the state will see signs advising them of the travel order.

"We're not going to be stopping cars," said Baker on Friday. "But we're going to expect people to comply... There's going to be a ton of signage out there to make it clear to people what the rules are if you come into Massachusetts."

Travelers would not be required to fill out a travel form, self-quarantine, or provide a negative COVID test if they are:

  • Coming from states designated as a COVID-19 "lower risk states," including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii
  • Passing through the state
  • Commuting across state lines for work
  • Traveling to Massachusetts for medical treatment
  • Complying with military orders
  • Traveling to work in federally designated critical infrastructure sectors (essential services)

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