"Currently, the risk for novel coronavirus in New York City remains low, while our preparedness as a city remains high", Barbot is quoted as saying in a February 13 press release. Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine.
Barbot stepped down from the job this morning and Mayor Bill De Blasio appointed Jackson Heights resident Dr. Dave Chokshi to take over. "I think it's a post-Labor Day reality, from my point of view, to assess it after we've seen what happens after Labor Day". As of August 4, the city had 222,840 confirmed cases, 56,383 total hospitalizations, and 18,933 confirmed deaths. The states include Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia.
Governor Andrew Cuomo's mandate applies to 34 states and Puerto Rico, which have been experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
De Blasio ended his not-veiled shot at Cuomo by again backing calls from Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) for a new tax on the Empire State's well-off as Albany stares down a potential $30 billion hole in its budget over the next two years.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
Cuomo's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Travelers from the states on the "red list", who are already required to fill in contact tracing forms, will be reminded that "failure to quarantine is a violation of state law and it comes with serious penalties", the mayor said. Beginning on Thursday, the mayor's Public Engagement Unit - civilians, not police - will be intercepting travelers at Penn Station, the primary entry point to the city for train travelers, and presenting them with the forms.
The city's Test and Trace program is providing free meals, hotel rooms, and other services to people who are undergoing the mandatory quarantine.
The plummeting economy has come hand-in-hand with plummeting respect for liberty, with people in New York City having been prohibited from doing numerous things, in addition to operating or working at businesses, that people have long considered basic to living - doing daily activities outside home without wearing a mask, attending religious services, meeting friends at a bar for a beer, and taking children to a playground, for example.
"I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their CT weekend house, and I say, 'You got to come back!"
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the city is setting up checkpoints targeting visitors from COVID-19 hot spots. "That ethos continues within the agency and I have every confidence that you will continue to serve every day with dignity, integrity and courage for the benefit of all New Yorkers".