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Western New York health departments discouraging travel around school spring break due to COVID-19

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 14:06:28-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara County health departments have issued a joint statement, strongly discouraging travel around school spring break due to COVID-19.

The following New York State Travel Advisory guidance will apply to travelers who are from a state that does not border New York State (any state other than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont)

  • Quarantine Option: Travelers must quarantine for 10 days following arrival in New York State.

OR

  • Quarantine Plus Test Option: Travelers must obtain a diagnostic COVID-19 test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York State.
  • And, the traveler must, upon arrival in New York State, quarantine for three days.
  • And, on day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID-19 diagnostic test.
  • If both test results are negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

The New York State Health Department says that while teachers, school staff and child care workers are considered essential, the New York State Travel Advisory exemption for essential workers does not apply to teachers, school employees, or child care workers, due to the sensitivity of those settings.

The Western New York health departments are reminding you to wear masks, maintain social distancing, stay home when sick and avoid gatherings.