BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts is taking New Hampshire and Maine off its shrinking list of states exempt from travel restrictions. Neither will be considered a “COVID lower-risk” state as coronavirus cases surge in the region, effective Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

The move that comes within a week of the Thanksgiving holiday means only Vermont and Hawaii will be left on the exemption list. Otherwise, people visiting or returning to Massachusetts must fill out a travel form and quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the Bay State, or provide a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of their arrival.

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New Hampshire and Maine are coming off the travel exemption list in Mass (Image: Mass.Gov)

Last week Maine reinstated travel restrictions for Massachusetts residents. New Hampshire does not have restrictions for other New England states.

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Failure to comply with the travel restrictions in Massachusetts could result in a fine up to $500.

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States qualify as lower-risk when their daily cases per 100,000 are below 10 and the positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average.