Travelers from hot spots who don’t quarantine or fill out online health form could face $1K fine


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut is part of a travel advisory calling for a 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the state. It has already been expanded twice and covers nearly half the country. But now you could face a potential $1,000 fine if you fail to let the state know from where you arrived.

There are 31 states under the travel advisory for the whole tri-state region. Bradley International Airport has nonstop flights to several of them, so on any given day people are always coming and going.

“COVID came to this part of the country by airplane, and we don’t want it to come by airplane again,” said Governor Ned Lamont.

Nearly half of the continental U.S. is experiencing a 10% or higher Coronavirus rate. Travelers are supposed to self-isolate for 14 days when they get to Connecticut.

Now, whether you’re renting a car or hopping on a flight, you’ll be asked to fill out an online travel health form to ensure you’ve tested virus free or plan to self-quarantine.

“This is a form you have to fill out before you fly to Connecticut. And we’re working with New York, New Jersey so they can do the same thing,” said Lamont.

This week Governor Ned Lamont says failure to do so could cost you $1,000.

Officials at Bradley International Airport say they are working with the governor’s office on signage to promote the effort. Meanwhile, travelers have mixed feelings about it all.

“It’s necessary. People don’t take it seriously but I think with the financial incentive they will,” said Hannah Schewtschenko, Ohio.

“If you go into the casinos now you have to have a fever scan. I feel they should implement that. Then that way it’s safer and a lot of people don’t feel pressured,” said Lawrence Harris, New Haven.

“We are giving a right or an option of having a $1,000 fine for people who refuse to fill out the form or don’t obey the protocols,” Lamont said. “Enforcement of that will evolve over time, but we want to send a message loud and clear.”

Lamont said officials with the Connecticut Department of Public Health would be at Bradley International Airport to enforce the rule.

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