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- Two residents who failed to fill out health forms required upon returning to the state were fined $1,000 each.
- One was hit with an additional $1,000 for refusing to self-quarantine for two weeks.
- As of Wednesday, the travel advisory applies to more than 30 states and territories.
The state of Connecticut has issued its first fines to a pair of residents who failed to comply with the state’s coronavirus travel advisory.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said on Monday that two residents who failed to fill out health forms required upon returning home from Florida and Louisiana, two states with high coronavirus infection rates, were both fined $1,000.
One of the residents was fined an additional $1,000 after he allegedly refused to self-quarantine for 14 days as required by the coronavirus restrictions.
“I hate to do it, but we’re going to be serious and show people we're serious about this,” Lamont said during a news conference on Monday.
“Overwhelmingly, people are doing the right thing. For those few of you who aren’t, please be on notice.”
Connecticut, New York and New Jersey were the first to announce a joint travel advisory requiring individuals traveling to the region from states experiencing a seven-day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10 percent, or a number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents, to self-quarantine for two weeks.
As of Wednesday, the travel advisory applies to more than 30 states and territories.
Since the advisory was put in place in June, several states and cities have followed suit, putting in place self-quarantine requirements in an effort to stop out-of-state travelers from bringing the virus into their region. Although Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have some of the strictest measures.
Connecticut has reported more than 50,000 coronavirus cases and 4,444 deaths since the outbreak began.