Federal judge upholds NY travel advisory

A federal judge has upheld Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s travel advisory, ruling that the mandated 14-day quarantine upon entering New York state does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Contributed photo

A state U.S. District judge dismissed a suit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of New York’s legally required quarantine for travelers from states with a high coronavirus infection rate.

U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd, Utica, ruled Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s June 25 executive order requiring travelers from 31 states — well over half of the country — Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands does not violate a citizen’s constitutional right to travel.

The states including in the travel advisory are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Gov. Cuomo, D-N.Y., and Govs. Philip D. Murphy, D-N.J. and Ned M. Lamont, D-Conn., imposed a tri-state order at midnight June 25 mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who arrive in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from states with more than a 10 percent positive coronavirus test rate, or a positive test rating higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day average. Weekly calculations are completed Monday nights and the list is updated Tuesday morning.

This story will be updated as more details becomes available.

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