With the Covid-19 pandemic not showing any signs of slowing down, the U.S states are implementing varying degrees of travel restrictions on interstate travel.
These restrictions may include a 14 day mandatory or advised quarantine period. Many states are keeping a list of “high-risk” states. People coming from these states may be subjected to certain travel restrictions including quarantine periods.
If you are a Virginia resident, here’s a list of states that allow you to visit without quarantining.
There are no travel restrictions or quarantine requirements in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Commerce does have a Masks on Maryland program to ensure safety of its visitors.
WV is another nearing states that will allow Virginia residents to visit without quarantining. Virginia residents can travel the mountain state while following a statewide indoor face covering requirement. General guidelines asking tourists to travel responsibly are in effect.
Kentucky has put the states with Covid-19 infection rates higher than 15% on a high-risk list. People travelling from these states should undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Good news for Virginia residents is that Virginia is not on the current list of 11 states.
The Keystone state also has quarantine restrictions in place. The Department of Health advises visitors from states with a high amount of Covid-19 cases to complete a 14-day quarantine.
Virginia however is not on the 25-state list.
North Carolina has not imposed any travel restrictions on the visitors and there aren’t any quarantine requirements either to visit the state. Those who plan to travel though should check with the local governments to determine any restrictions in place.
Details of destinations with restrictions on place can be found here
The state south of Virginia welcomes visitors to its mountains, music, food, rivers and other attractions without having to quarantine. However, the visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines when visiting Tennessee.
D.C health officials added eight states to the list of locations considered “high-risk” for travel on October 19. High-risk states are those where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 residents.
This takes the total number of states on the list to 39. Visitors travelling from these states will have to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Washington DC.
Maryland and Virginia though stay exempt from the order. The current list will be in use until Nov 2.
According to a Transport Security Administration report 6.1 million passengers were screened at U.S. checkpoints during the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 18. It is the highest number of people screened since the start of the pandemic in March.
The spike in travellers means the public should adopt a more cautious approach. While businesses are reopening and travel restrictions being lifted public health experts still urge people to stay at home.