New York orders some visitors to quarantine
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that anyone traveling to New York from a state currently hard hit by the virus would have to quarantine for two weeks. The restrictions took effect at midnight on Wednesday and were based on specific health metrics related to the coronavirus, Cuomo said. At the moment, travelers from eight states would have to quarantine. Failure to quarantine in New York could result in thousand-dollar fines, Cuomo said. Travelers to New Jersey and Connecticut would also be told to quarantine, although officials from both states said there was no enforcement mechanism at the moment. The requirement currently applies to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
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Update on U.S. borders
The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21. This impacts tourism but not commerce. The Department of Homeland Security extended the restrictions, which were first announced in mid-March.
No wind in the sails
More than three months after first suspending cruises from U.S. ports, operators said they will continue that pause until Sept. 15 if not longer, according to trade group Cruise Lines International Association. That's almost two months after a no-sail order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is scheduled to lift. Some operators have detailed plans, including measures such as temperature checks, limited occupancy, extra sanitation and improved air filtration systems. "The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations," the association said in a statement.
New protocols at MSP
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday launched a safety program to stem the spread of COVID-19 and keep passengers healthy. The airport has stepped up cleaning its restrooms and public areas, especially at high-touch points. This month, the Metropolitan Airports Commission started electrostatic disinfectant fogging procedures every night in public areas. In addition, the airports commission, its restaurant and retail vendors, and the airlines have adopted strict social distancing practices using floor decals and signs. Masks or facial coverings are required for employees at the airport, and passengers are encouraged to wear them, too. Fifty new hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout both terminals, as well as 130 shield guards at ticket counters, gate desks and podiums, security checkpoints, and information booths.