New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut are banning travelers from Utah and 9 other states due to high coronavirus infection rates — or they must be quarantined for 14 days. Experts expect other states to join in the ban.
The new rules, which took effect beginning June 25, apply to states with rates over 10 infections per 100,000 people, or a 10% percent infection rate among those tested. Both standards will be applied over week-long averages.
Right now, nine states failed to clear that hurdle. Among them is Utah. All Utahns are banned from traveling to those states. In New York, there is a $1,200 fine in place.
The other banned states included: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, and Texas.
Meanwhile, the 27 nations of the European Union are considering banning travelers from anywhere in the United States, for the same reasons.
Infections have skyrocketed in Utah since restrictions were relaxed, directly resulting in the travel ban for Utahns. Governor Huntsman, currently running for re-election — who helped finance the Huntsman Cancer Institute — is among those recently found to be infected by COVID-19.
Locals are advised to wear masks which have been found to prevent infections at rates up to 97%.