Restrictions for travelers ahead of Fourth of July weekend


(WWLP) – Here are the restrictions you should know if you’re traveling out of state this Fourth of July weekend.

Since many people don’t feel safe enough to fly, many will be traveling by car for the weekend and if you plan on staying in New England there are certain restrictions you should know and every state is different.

Vermont is now requiring a 14-day quarantine for visitors from counties that have COVID-19 case rates higher than the Vermont average. Under this restriction, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire County residents don’t have to quarantine once reaching Vermont, but Hampden County residents do.

Maine is still requiring Massachusetts residents to quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to visit the state.

New Hampshire is requesting that out of state vistiors self quarantine if they’re visitig for an extended period of time.

Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are not imposing any restrictions on travelers from Massachusetts.

However some Massachusetts residents, just plan on staying local.

“Going to go fishing tomorrow if the weather is good. Hangout with family, that’s about it,” said Nathan Lussier of Chicopee.

“In all honesty, I think staying local is the safest thing because you don’t know who’s going to be in the airport, who’s contained and a lot of people lie,” said Hashim Lopez of Chicopee.

Travelers are also no longer being asked to self-quarantine after returning to Massachusetts from other New England states or from New York or New Jersey.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising the public to consider staying home due to the pandemic but if traveling to check destinations for the health protocols in place.

“The best advice we can give anyone traveling for the Fourth is to plan ahead. With the Fourth falling on the weekend, travelers should expect higher volumes on Friday and Monday.  We urge everyone to slow down and make smart decisions before getting behind a wheel this weekend,” Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said in a news release sent to 22News. 

One of the more popular “staycation” spots this weekend is Cape Cod. 22News spoke with two Connecticut residents who said they plan to do all they can to safely enjoy their weekend on the beach.

“We’ll be at the beach and I believe it’s 10 feet apart and we have our little group no more than 10, that’s how we planned it so we’ll see how it goes.”

Christine Brzsoska, Traveling to Cape Cod

According to MassDOT, scheduled roadway construction effective 5:00 a.m., Friday has been postponed with scheduled construction activities resuming at the normal start of business on Monday. 

The MBTA has released the following information regarding travel during the holiday period:

  • All subway and ferries will run on a weekday schedule on Friday
  • All buses and the Commuter Rail will run on a Saturday schedule on Friday
  • No ferry service on Saturday
  • All subway and the Commuter Rail will run on a Saturday schedule on Saturday
  • The Worcester Commuter Rail Line will run shuttle buses on Friday, July 3, Saturday and Sunday between Framingham and Back Bay.
  • The Rockport Commuter Rail Line will be replaced by buses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between West Gloucester and Rockport.
  • All buses will run on a Sunday schedule on Saturday
  • Face coverings are required on MBTA vehicles for all customers.

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