Essential Workers Exempt from Tri-State Quarantine Rules; States Continue to Implement Face Mask Policies

The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced new quarantine rules for all visitors travelling to the tri-state area from U.S. ‘hotspot’ locations, but essential workers, including truck drivers, are exempt, the Canadian Trucking Alliance reports.

Travellers from hotspot locations such as Arizona and Florida are required to follow mandatory 14-day quarantine protocols upon arriving in these jurisdictions.

The state of New York recently released further guidelines for quarantine protocols, indicating that essential workers will be exempt from these mandatory quarantine requirements. The Governor of New Jersey also announced today their quarantine rules would be voluntary and would not apply to essential workers such as truck drivers. The governor also mentioned that each of the states do not intend to setup border checkpoints and that they will each handle their quarantine rules as they see fit.

Furthermore, many U.S. states including New York, California and others, continue to use mandatory face mask policies for individuals in public places, or in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

Discussions regarding mandatory face mask policies continue in various U.S. states. A recent list of U.S. states with policies in place can be found here.

In April, the Canada Border Services Agency along with the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that the use of non-medical face masks would be required for all essential workers crossing the border, such as truck drivers.

CTA will continue to update members as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve south of the border.

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