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New travel requirements for Massachusetts go into effect August 1st

The new requirements apply to every state in the country outside of New England, New York, and New Jersey.

BOSTON — Heading to the Cape? Boston? Even Great Barrington for a hike? Then you're going to have to make sure you're following Massachusetts' new travel requirements that go into effect today.

The requirements are close to what Connecticut also has, but in Massachusetts' case, they are applying it to almost every state in the country except for those in New England and New York and New Jersey. 

So, those of us from Connecticut don't have to worry that much, but if you have friends from a high-risk state heading to Massachusetts, let them know what will be required from them.

Massachusetts has stated that if you are traveling from a high-risk COVID-19 state, then you must fill out a contact form and self-quarantine for 14 days. Failure to comply can lead to a $500 per day you're in the state. 

Here are the exceptions to that requirement:

  • Lower-risk State: This includes individuals coming from a COVID-19 lower-risk state within the United States (New England, New Jersey, New York).
  • 72-hour Testing Rule: The individual can produce, upon request, proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered on a sample taken no longer than 72 hours before your arrival in Massachusetts.
  • Transitory travel: This includes people who are passing through Massachusetts and permits travelers to drive through the State or to connect to their airplane, bus or train, or to stop at a highway rest stop, but this exception extends only so long as is reasonably required for the traveler to complete their transit, make any necessary airplane, bus, or train connection, or make use of travel services such as at a highway rest stop.
  • Persons Commuting for Work or School: People who regularly commute, at least weekly, outside of Massachusetts to a fixed place to attend school or work or any person who regularly commutes, at least weekly into Massachusetts to a fixed place to attend school or work; provided that in either case, this exception applies only to and from the person’s residence and place of work or school.  Workers or students who travel to any place that is not their home state for personal or leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption.
  • Patients Seeking or Receiving Medical Treatment:  Patients who are traveling to Massachusetts to seek or receive specialized medical care from a physician located in the Commonwealth and persons accompanying and providing needed support to the patient.
  • Military Personnel: Any person who is required to travel to Massachusetts at the order or directive of a Federal or State military authority.
  • Workers Providing Critical Infrastructure Services: Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions as specified in Version 3.1 of the listing published by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are exempt from quarantine while they are commuting to or from or while at work.  For the first 14-days after arrival, when the worker is not at work or commuting to work they must quarantine. Additional information may be found here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce. Workers who travel to or from Massachusetts for personal or leisure reasons cannot rely on this exemption.

If you plan on testing before your arrival to Massachusetts, the testing must be by a method approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which you can learn more about here. You must be able to prove a negative test result upon request. 

You can learn more about how to quarantine and what to do if you develop symptoms in the state here.