TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Gov. Andrew Cuomo terminated the New York State travel advisory list on Saturday, instead opting to institute a testing mandate for people coming into the state from elsewhere.

People coming into New York now must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of arriving to New York, then must show proof of an additional COVID-19 test taken after a three-day quarantine upon arrival in New York. Those who refuse to provide a test must quarantine for 14 days.

It is unclear how the measure will be enforced, whether the state will somehow track entries from elsewhere or if local health departments will be responsible. A request for clarification to the Tompkins County Health Department has not yet been answered, but this story will be updated when it is.

Cuomo said the move erases any need to track metrics in other states, as the blanket new mandate applies to nearly every state in the US. The only states exempt from the list are New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, because travel between those states and New York is commonly for commuting purposes.

Before Cuomo’s announcement, travelers from other states that were deemed high-risk due to the infection rates in those states were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving to New York. States in question were placed on the New York State Quarantine Travel Advisory List.

The list had fluctuated weekly since it was introduced, updating each Tuesday with a list of states that had recently started to consistently grow again as coronavirus infections rise around the country. Per the Oct. 27 list update, it included 40 states and Puerto Rico. States were added if their positive test rate exceeded 10 percent during a seven day period, or exceeded 10 per 100,000 residents.

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