States Look to Require Negative COVID Test Results for Travelers

There has long been a fear that this combination of political stress and a global pandemic would push our society into the dystopian nightmares that we’ve seen in a number of future-based science fiction films, where the government overreach is incredible and freedom stands frayed, just out of reach.

And while a great deal of this stress could find itself alleviated on election night, there is still the COVID-19 crisis to deal with, and the disparate political beliefs that have crept into the conversation regarding coronavirus are pushing some state and local officials to enact some unprecedented ordinances. 

Most people who visit New York will have to quarantine for three days and then prove they are negative for COVID-19 before they are “free to go about their business,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

The strict new mandate — which exempts New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania residents — eliminates the governor’s quarantine advisory list, which restricted travel from over 40 coronavirus hotspots across the country.

Now, travelers must show proof of a negative test taken within three days of arriving in the Empire State, and must also quarantine for three more days — and get a new COVID-19 test on the fourth.

If that’s positive, they must isolate for two weeks, the governor said at an Albany press briefing.

One has to wonder if there could be a similar sort of health passport coming down the line in several months, when a COVID vaccine arrives, allowing locales to require proof of immunization to visit.