Last week, in an attempt to prevent a surge of new COVID-19 cases, Governor Lamont, in coordination with the Governors of New York and New Jersey, issued Executive Order 7BBB requiring anyone entering the State of Connecticut from certain high risk states to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Specifically, travelers, including Connecticut residents, that enter Connecticut from a state that has a positive COVID-19 test rate of higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or higher than a 10% test positive rate over a seven day rolling period, must self-quarantine for 14 days. As of the date that this article was published, travelers entering Connecticut from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah are subject to the self-quarantine requirement. The list will be updated by Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (“DPH”) on a weekly basis and can be found here.
DPH also issued FAQs that provide additional clarification. For example:
- Essential workers from any of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are exempt from the Executive Order and are not required to self-quarantine. These sectors include the following: Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Emergency Services, Energy, Financial Services, Food and Agriculture, Government Facilities, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Nuclear Reactors, Materials and Waste, Transportation Systems, Water and Wastewater Systems.
- Travelers who only travel through identified high risk states for connecting flights and layovers are not required to self-quarantine.
- Family members of travelers entering from high risk states are not required to self-quarantine.
Based on comments made by Governor Lamont during a press conference this week, it is anticipated that obtaining a negative COVID-19 test upon entering Connecticut will exempt a high-risk state traveler from the 14 day self-quarantine requirement; however, no official guidance has been issued yet.
This Executive Order could require employers to provide paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) if employees are unable to work due to a government directed self-quarantine order. Employers may reconsider approving vacation requests to high risk areas that would require employees to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. To learn more about the FFCRA requirements, please see our prior publication found here.
Should you have any questions regarding the above, please contact your Carmody attorney or any members of the Carmody team.
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