BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker’s new travel order went into effect Saturday, restricting visitors from most other states to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Marvin Putnam flew into Boston from Los Angeles Saturday, and he said he was surprised no one asked him for the new form that’s now required for all travelers visiting Massachusetts from most other states outside of the northeast.
Putnam learned about the new order from his airlines.
“They send you all the new policies, kind of as updates as it happens,” said Putnam, who flew Delta. “So you have the update the day before. So we had our form from our doctors, we tested negative; so really, so far so good.”
Many travelers flying in from other states took those extra precautions like Anna Osborne, who’s vacationing on Cape Cod from Detroit.
“I’d rather be safe than sorry,” said Osborne, who flew into Logan Saturday. “It’s not too difficult to get a test where we live.”
She said she brought proof of a negative COVID-19 test and filled out the new form, but no one asked for it after she arrived at Logan Airport.
“It should probably be checked, I mean it seems like, at this point, I could have gotten away with not doing it, not that I would have done that, but I’m glad that it’s in place, I think it’s a good move,” Osborne said.
The new travel order, which went into effect August 1, requires all travelers visiting Massachusetts to quarantine for 14 days unless they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or if they’re coming from a state with a lower transmission rate for COVID-19.
Even though the new order hasn’t been enforced at the airport, travelers like Putnam said it’s possible they’ll need these forms when they check into their hotel for their vacation here.
“The hotels as well as all the restaurants with reservations, they sent us something that tells us what the latest rules are – that you have to quarantine or tested negative within the last three days,” Putnam said.
According to the governor’s travel order, those who do not comply with it could face a fine of $500 per day.
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