Out-of-state travelers must provide contact info, enforced with $2K fine

Kimberly Dole
July 13, 2020 - 12:24 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- During a briefing on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency order requiring travelers flying to New York from designated high-risk states to provide contact information when entering the state.

In order to help enforce quarantining, all state airports will issue paperwork to travelers starting today, Cuomo said. State health department workers will wait at airport gates with forms. Passengers will have to fill them out on either on paper or online. 

Those who do not comply could receive a summons with $2,000 fine. They could also face a mandatory quarantine. Port Authority police will enforce the new measure.

"None of this is pleasant, but we've gone through this before," Cuomo said. LaGuardia and JFK airports each receive 60 flights per day from states that are seeing COVID-19 spikes. 

He also announced guidelines on reopening schools.

New York would not use children as guinea pigs, Cuomo said as he laid out the formula that will be used to reopen schools across the state.

All guidelines for schools to follow in preparation for reopening will be up later today, he said.

Cuomo said face masks will be strongly recommended in schools except for meals and classroom instruction but can be required by each district, to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Plans must be submitted by July 31 and the final decision for each district will be made by the state first week in August.

The governor said the formula for local school districts reopening will include:

A COVID-19 infection rate lower than 5percent on average over 14 days.

Schools cannot open if:

Infection rates are above 9 percent on a 7-day average.

This determination will be made for each district in August.

Cuomo also slammed President Trump for trying to force states to reopen schools.

"He was wrong on the economic opening. He's wrong on reopening schools," Cuomo said. "The numbers show that our reopening strategy has worked."