New regulations may impact you when traveling to Massachusetts from bordering states


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WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – Some people are wondering what Massachusetts’ new travel order means if you fly into one state but intend to stay in another.

Bradley International Airport in Connecticut is the largest airport closest to western Massachusetts. If someone is landing at Bradley but traveling to stay in Massachusetts, they have to follow the Massachusetts order.

“I think it’s great,” Diane Lindquist of South Carolina told 22News. “I’m not sure how the state will actually be able to track people and whether they’ll self quarantine or not. But I think it’s a good idea and I think people coming into the state realize that this is a serious place about staying safe.”

People who travel from 42 high-risk states are required to quarantine in Massachusetts for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72-hours prior to arrival. Travelers must also fill out a travel health form or potentially face a $500 a day fine.

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, if you’re traveling to Massachusetts as your final destination but you land in Connecticut, you do not need to quarantine in Connecticut first as long as you are in the state for less than 24 hours after you land.

Exemptions in Massachusetts that would pertain to flying include people receiving or seeking medical care, military personnel or people just traveling through the state.

One Connecticut resident told 22News, she’s happy Massachusetts started the new travel order.

“I think it’s a great idea. I think you should. It’s not hurting anybody, all it’s doing is possibly saving lives,” Kim Polvere of Southberry said.

Anyone who lands at Bradley International Airport faces the same requirements. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, this requirement does not include anyone who remains in Connecticut for less than 24-hours.

When it comes to lodging, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said hotels are required to tell guests about Massachusetts’ new travel order.

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