COVID restrictions: Levine updated travel order
Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today updated the travel order issued on November 17. Her new directive clarifies testing and quarantine requirements for people entering Pennsylvania or returning home.
“This update keeps in place the need for people visiting and returning to Pennsylvania to have a negative test or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival,” Levine said. “We still recommend that Pennsylvanians do not travel. The stay at home advisory I issued earlier this week remains in effect. I know that it is hard not to travel during this holiday season; but it is the right thing to do to protect one another from this devastating virus.”
The amended order requires out-of-state travelers over the age of 11 to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test; or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering. It also applies to Pennsylvanians returning home after traveling out of state. If they receive a negative test result during the travel quarantine period, they can leave travel quarantine.
The order also clarifies a few other exemptions. People returning home after leaving the state for less than 24 hours and individuals complying with a court order (including child custody) are exempt from the testing and quarantine requirements.
Levine also clarified the difference between a travel quarantine and isolation; and quarantine when someone tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a positive case. Travel quarantine refers to people quarantining after travel. They haven’t necessarily been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
They are permitted to end quarantine once they receive a negative test result.
Individuals are permitted to enter the commonwealth if they are awaiting a test result; but they must travel quarantine until a negative test result is received, even if they are asymptomat
Help reduce the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
- If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.
- Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in theGoogle Play Storeand theApple App Storeby searching for “covid alert pa”.