Florida Extends Requirement for Tri-State Area Visitors to Isolate

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As the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort continue their phased reopenings, guests looking to visit from the Tri-State area will still be required to self-isolate for two weeks.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Governor Ron DeSantis has officially extended the travel restrictions on all travelers flying or driving from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The department tweeted the news saying:

Extended in Executive Order 20-139, travelers entering the state of Florida from Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York must self-isolate for 14 days from their entry into Florida or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.

Executive Order 20-82 first required Tri-State travelers to self-isolate and was expected to stand only through July. Some Disney fans saw this as hope that they would not have to self-isolate once Disney World began reopening on July 11. But that is now no longer the case.

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Florida’s Department of Health States on its website:

Governor DeSantis directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.

  • This order was extended in Section 3 of Executive Order Number 20-139 (Effective on June 5th).
  • This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.
  • All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

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Florida’s extension on its travel restriction reads as follows:

Additional Requirements for Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-82 are extended with exceptions for persons involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.

This suggests that all personnel from the Tri-State area traveling to Walt Disney World Resort for Major League Soccer’s “MLS is Back” Tournament and the continuation of the NBA’s 2019-20 season will not be required to undergo the 14 days of self-isolation.

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