Massachusetts travel advisory when reentering state begins Monday

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The Baker Polito Administration announced Thursday that the Massachusetts travel order will be replaced with an advisory, effective Monday, March 22.

In the announcement, Governor Baker said people entering Massachusetts will be advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival from out of state if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.

According to AAA, since the vaccine rollout, travel is up and people have started booking the vacations that have been on hold for a year now. So now, with restrictions eased, AAA expects even more people to start traveling again.

“People are ready to leave their house and get out there and start seeing a bit of the country and if not more of the world,” said Sandra Marsian of AAA Western Massacusetts.

The July 2020 travel order that required people entering Massachusetts from most states to fill out a form and quarantine for 10 days, test negative for COVID-19, or face fines of up to $500 per day will be replaced with the advisory.

The advisory doesn’t apply to the following groups:

  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after an absence of fewer than 24 hours
  • Travelers who have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions while they are commuting to or from or while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated 14 days or more ago and who do not have symptoms 

Travelers are still encouraged to consult and follow the CDC’s guidelines and requirements for travel. 

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