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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Florida Quarantine Remains for Travelers from New York Tri-State

by Beth Keating
June 9, 2020

Not so fast there, you New Yorkers who were planning to get away from your house by sneaking in a visit to Disney World. Don’t be so smug, New Jerseyans. You’re on the list, too. Pump the brakes, Connecticut, and go back to your room and unpack the suitcase. You aren’t going to Florida quite yet.

If you are from the New York Tri-State area (in other words, New York, New Jersey or Connecticut), you are under special restrictions in the State of Florida. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the directives for anyone entering the state of Florida from those three states to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes families driving to Florida and entering by roadway. 

So, while Disney Springs is already open, Vero Beach is opening June 15, Disney Vacation Club properties at Disney World and the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds open June 22, and Disney World parks begin opening July 11th, those of us from the tri-state will not be among the guests celebrating the return of the magic.

For the specific details from FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov:

  • This order was extended in Section 3 of Executive Order Number 20-139.
  • This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.
  • All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

Even though New York’s COVID numbers are going down and our area is beginning to open back up again, you may not be welcome in the Sunshine State for the time being. With Florida’s COVID numbers still on the rise, though, it might not be such a bad thing after all.


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