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Nonessential Travelers From 27 High-Risk States to Self-Quarantine


People traveling to the District from 27 “high-risk states” in terms of coronavirus levels are required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

In a press release on Monday, DC Health listed the states designated as high-risk areas as follows:

Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The list is planned to be updated every two weeks. DC Health describes “high-risk states” as “states where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons.”

Individuals traveling from high-risk states for essential activities or arriving in the city for essential travel do not have to self-quarantine. However, they must monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from their arrival. If they show signs or experience symptoms of the infectious disease, they are required to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order last Friday, making it mandatory for everyone coming from areas with high levels of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for two weeks. However, “high-risk areas” were not announced until Monday.

The new rule that went into effect on July 27 will remain in place through October 9, when the public health emergency in the city will expire.

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