Massachusetts governor instructs all travelers to self-quarantine
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced Friday that any person entering the state will now be instructed to self-quarantine.
“Here in Massachusetts we’re doing everything we can to keep people at home and prevent the spread,” he said at a press conference. “Starting today, all travelers allowed into the commonwealth are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.”
Baker said all travelers entering Massachusetts will be given informational flyers instructing them to follow the 14-day quarantine. Airports, truck stops and gas stations will distribute the materials. Public health and safety workers and other essential employees are the only exceptions to the new rule.
The governor added that those experiencing symptoms should avoid entering the state all together.
“Do not travel to our communities, especially if you have symptoms,” Baker added.
“We are taking extraordinary steps here to keep our residents safe, including asking folks to stay home and closing nonessential businesses. Every which decision comes with a certain amount of pain, frustration and disruption for the people of the commonwealth,” he added.
On Thursday it was reported that more than 100 hospital employees in Boston have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as the city’s health system responds to the disease’s outbreak.
Massachusetts currently has nearly 2,500 confirmed cases of the virus and at least 25 deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times.