People returning or visiting the Garden State will not be required to quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday as New Jersey keeps a rising tendency in the number of people getting the vaccine.
As reported by nj.com, the removal of the travel advisory goes into effect immediately and after the Murphy had already dropped the quarantine period for fully vaccinated people.
“However, we do encourage everyone to continue to exercise common sense when traveling domestically and to follow all local health and safety protocols wherever you are traveling to,” Murphy said during his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.
Before the loosening of the travel advisory, New Jerseyans returning from travel to any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region, which included New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, were required to self-quarantine at their home or hotel.
The governor also warned residents to consider travel advisory regulations when travelling abroad. “And if your goal is international travel, recognize that the COVID reality in many nations is much different than here, and adhere to the travel guidance and advisories posted by the United States Department of State.”
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Currently, people coming to the United States from abroad have to show a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their departure or “proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days,” according to federal rules. The documentation needs to be provided to airlines prior to coming to the United States.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance last month to say fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. without getting tested for COVID-19 or going into quarantine afterward.
The agency had cautioned against unnecessary travel even for vaccinated people but said that it would update its guidance as more people got vaccinated and evidence mounted about the protection the shots provide.
The state has set a goal of having 70% of New Jersey’s adults vaccinated by the end of June. A little more than 53% of the state’s 6.9 million adults have now been fully vaccinated.