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COVID-19 travel, part 1: The Massachusetts Travel Order

Posted by AllWays Health Partners blog team on August 04, 2020

This post was originally shared on AllWays Health Partners' provider blog, Best Practice.

On Saturday, August 1, a new COVID-19 travel order from Governor Charlie Baker went into effect. This order requires a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering Massachusetts who does not meet certain exemptions. Here’s everything you need to know about this new safety precaution.

How does quarantining work?

Anyone entering or re-entering Massachusetts must submit a Massachusetts travel form. In addition, they must quarantine for 14 days.  

People who are quarantining cannot leave their living quarters. Each person must have access to their own bathroom and cleaning supplies. They must also exercise proper hygiene throughout the quarantine period. Food must be delivered to the living quarters rather than purchased in-store.

If one of the travelers or any member of their party develops COVID-19 symptoms, they may need to be re-tested and should seek medical attention. These symptoms include:

  • Fever over 100.0 degrees
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If no one in the travel party develops symptoms throughout the 14-day quarantine, they may at that point resume their normal activities.

Fore more information on quarantine guidelines, visit mass.gov.

Who has to quarantine upon arrival to Massachusetts?

Everyone entering Massachusetts must quarantine unless they are coming from a lower-risk state. Lower-risk states include every state in New England as well as New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii.

Patients seeking medical treatment from a specialist in Massachusetts and anyone traveling with them to provide support are also exempt from the quarantine. Those who plan to leave Massachusetts before the quarantine period is over are permitted to do so. You can see circumstance-specific exceptions to the 14-day quarantine rule on the mass.gov site. 

In addition, anyone who has had a negative COVID-19 test in the past 72 hours is exempted from the quarantine. If you've taken a test but haven't gotten a result yet, you must quarantine until you've gotten a negative result. 

More information on these and other exemptions are available at mass.gov.

Topics: COVID-19

Disclaimer: The content in this blog post represents the clinical opinions of the providers at AllWays Health Partners and is based on the most currently available clinical and governmental guidance.

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