BOSTON (CBS) — The new travel order for Massachusetts goes into effect on Saturday, August 1. Visitors and in-state residents returning home must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from an exempt, lower-risk state or can provide a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours.
At Logan Airport on Friday night, travelers were flying in just before the new rules kick in. Many said they think the travel order is a good idea.
“We came from Seattle. There’s still a lot of illness out there. We don’t know what we’re bringing back to Massachusetts, so I think its not a bad idea,” said traveler Nick Mascoli.
“It is a good idea because you’re not only taking care of you, you’re taking care of the rest of the people around you,” said Nick Castillo, of Lowell, who was arriving home after a trip with his family.
Individuals who fail to comply with a new travel order in Massachusetts could be fined $500 per day.
The current exempt states are Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York.
Other exemptions include people passing through the state, people commuting across state lines for work, people traveling to Massachusetts for medical treatment, people complying with military orders, or people traveling to work in federally designated critical infrastructure sectors.
Incoming college students are included in the order.