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Governor Baker Issues New Mandatory Quarantine Order

On July 24, Governor Baker announced that all persons arriving in Massachusetts, including residents and non-residents, must quarantine for 14 days unless they meet one of seven exceptions. Notably, this quarantine requirement would extend to vacationers coming to short-term rentals and incoming college students if they do not fall into one of the following categories:

  1. They are coming from a lower risk state (currently including CT, RI, NH, VT, ME, NJ, NY, HI and subject to change) and have not been present in any other states during the last 14 days.

  2. They have received a negative test result for a COVID-19 test performed within the last 72 hours.

  3. They pass through Massachusetts in the course of traveling to another place.

  4. They regularly commute either into or out of Massachusetts to a fixed place of work or school. This exception applies only to their commute.

  5. They are a patient or accompanying a patient receiving medical treatment in Massachusetts.

  6. They are required to travel to Massachusetts by a Federal or State military authority.

  7. They enter Massachusetts to perform a critical infrastructure function.

Any person required to quarantine or provide the specified negative test result must also submit a Massachusetts Travel Form acknowledging and certifying their means of compliance with the order. Failure to comply can result in fines of $500 per day.

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