The pocket of East Coast states, notably New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have had severe quarantine restrictions in place since early summer.
Under the previous rule, anyone visiting a high-COVID state, such as Florida, and then returning to the New York tri-state area, would have to quarantine for a full two weeks upon their return. For New York area residents, this made travel to Walt Disney World wholly impractical, effectively prohibiting a timely return to work or school after a Disney trip.
Beginning on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, this policy has been overhauled. While New York and environs now continue to discourage travel to hotspots, there is now an alternative to the 14-day quarantine.
The new rules state that all travelers from non-neighboring states planning to stay in New York for more than 24 hours will now be required to quarantine for at least three days and then test negative for COVID-19 and present proof of a negative test before leaving quarantine.
People who choose not to obtain a COVID test will still be required to adhere to the 14-day quarantine.
For many New Yorkers, this will move holiday travel to Walt Disney World back into the realm of possibility.
Will this change in procedures change your winter travel plans? Let us know in the comments.