With COVID-19 cases on the rise, RI no longer exempt from Baker’s travel order


BOSTON (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders are no longer exempt from Gov. Charlie Baker’s travel order, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.

The move comes as the number of COVID-19 cases ticks up in the Bay State. The health department reported 540 new confirmed and probable cases, as well as an additional nine deaths.The number of new COVID-19 cases has ticked up in Massachusetts.

Those traveling to Massachusetts from states listed in the order are required to quarantine for 14 days or test negative for COVID-19. Travelers who don’t comply with the order could face a $500-per-day fine.

The decision was made “due to increases in both RI’s positive test rate and cases per 100,000,” the health department said.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that Rhode Islanders who wish to travel to Connecticut, New York or New Jersey will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Courtesy: Mass. DPH

As of Tuesday, only Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont are considered “low risk” states in the Massachusetts travel order.

Travelers visiting from these states are not required to fill out a travel form.

Travel/Beach Restrictions: Here’s what you need to know for RI, Mass. »

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