BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker is instructing all travelers arriving to Massachusetts to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers arriving to the state’s major transportation hubs like Logan International Airport, South Station, and Worcester Airport will receive informational fliers instructing them to self-quarantine for two weeks. This information will also be available in rest stops along Massachusetts highways and on roadside digital boards.
This does not apply to people who live in other states but work in Massachusetts.
“If you’re working in Massachusetts that means you’re doing something essential,” Baker said.
The governor said right now, the self-quarantine instruction mainly applies to those flying in from out of state or arriving from out of state by train.
“Furthermore, we’re asking that folks considering traveling to Massachusetts for whatever reason do not travel to our communities especially if you have symptoms,” Baker said.
He added that health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers, and all other designated essential employees were ‘obviously exempt’ from the self-quarantine requirement.
This week, positive cases of COVID-19 increased from 777 cases Monday to 2,417 cases on Thursday. Friday’s numbers will be released late afternoon,
Baker attributes the spike in cases to the expansion of testing capabilities throughout the state. There are now 21 labs testing samples in Massachusetts. In total, more than 23,500 residents have been tested for coronavirus.
Also this week, Baker announced that schools and non-emergency child care centers would remain closed until at least May 4.
Read more updates from this week:
- 3/26 Governor Baker requesting major disaster declaration from federal government
- 3/25 All schools, non-emergency childcare centers to remain closed until at least May 4; New public health order aimed at grocery stores announced
- 3/24 Massachusetts increasing testing, new legislation filed
- 3/23 Governor Baker orders all non-essential businesses to close, issues stay at home advisory