Effective August 7, 2020, Massachusetts removed Rhode Island from one of its “Lower-Risk States” COVID Travel Exemption. This applies to Massachusetts recently imposed travel restrictions that commenced on August 1, 2020.
The impact of the order means that a Rhode Island resident that travels into Massachusetts must quarantine for 14 days unless one of the following can be established:
(1) Person is coming from a lower risk-state – does not apply to persons coming from Rhode Island;
(2) Negative COVID test taken within the previous 72 hours; or
(3) Meets the exemption criteria.
The exemption criteria includes:
- Transitory travel — passing through Massachusetts
- Persons commuting for work or school – only permits travel from a person’s residence to a “fixed place” to attend school or work. Does not apply to “travel to any place that is not their home state