Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that travellers visiting New York City from the U.K. will now have to undergo mandatory quarantine order following the outbreak of the new variant of the coronavirus across the United Kingdom. Mayor De Blasio said that the city sheriff’s deputies will be sent to the hotel rooms or homes of all people arriving from the U.K. to ensure they abide by New York’s two-week COVID-19 quarantine mandate.
In the wake of the latest discovery of the new and more contagious strain of COVID in Britain, De Blasio mentioned that no chances can be taken with anyone who is currently travelling particularly people coming in from the U.K. Anyone who arrives at New York regardless of the place they travel from have been asked to complete forms with their contact information as well as where they are staying. The mayor also mentioned that those travellers will then receive a quarantine order by certified mail.
Travellers who do not follow the quarantine requirement will face a fine of $1,000 per day. De Blasio shared that everyone has been through a lot this year and authorities does not want to penalise people but if one does not follow quarantine rules they will be endangering everyone else in the city, while it is fighting the second wave. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, added that he had contacted airlines that fly to New York State from the U.K. like British Airways, Virgin and Delta and shared that they all agreed to test passengers before they got on board.
He stated that the new variant from the U.K. is a real issue and he wants to make sure that everyone understands the same. He mentioned that there have been several confusions about information as the situation is complicated. He shared that in light of the recent events Boris Johnson shut down the U.K. one week after he said he would never shut it down for Christmas because there was a total 180-degree shift in the situation, after the new variant of the virus was found.