Passengers on a train from Florida stop and register with officials at Penn Station during an effort to screen out-of-state travellers and enforce the state's 14-day coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday removed five states from the list of places from where travelers need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to New York State to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Montana are no longer on the list, which applies to areas with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Guam was added to the list.

“We don’t want people who travel to states with high community spread to bring the virus back here,” the governor said. “While it’s good news that five states have been removed from the travel advisory, the list remains far too long as America continues to struggle with COVID-19 … This pandemic is not over.”

The list still includes 28 states, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New York City has set up checkpoints at bridges and tunnels to ensure travelers from other states fill out the required contact tracing paperwork or face fines.

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is as follows:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

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