MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some states are looking to start a travel quarantine, which leaves some with questions.
Carson Rowley traveled home to phoenix after spending time in Memphis for work.
“I know that Arizona has a lot of spikes going on right now, so we’re looking like other states seeing an increase, Rowley said. “If things keep going the way they are we may have to dial back.”
As states across the country reopen, many see an increase in COVID-19 cases which is why New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have tamped down the virus.
They plan to enforce a 14-day quarantine for travelers whose states have a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents on a seven-day average, or with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over seven days.
Right now, the list features nine states, including Arkansas and Rowley’s home state of Arizona.
“I’m not opposed to it,” he said. “It’s not ideal obviously, but it’s something I’m willing to do if I need to.”
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 17,000 people have tested positive in Arkansas but the numbers have surged recently, more than doubling just this month.
“Obviously we have work to do in this state, and we’re going to do the work to reduce the spread,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Hutchinson said people need to be careful while traveling.
“As you travel for summer vacation somewhere, you need to be careful what you are doing, where you are going and watch the steps you take when you come back,” he said.
Travel agencies said they understand why states are taking these precautions, but travelers will simply opt to go elsewhere.
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