TRAVEL | Everything You Need To Know About New York’s New Travel Quarantine

NEW YORK – In a press conference, Governor Cuomo, along with a Zoom conferenced-in Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont, announced a major decision: ‘All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 into NY,NJ or CT must quarantine for 14 days.” While visitors from international countries have been banned since March, the three governors are now implementing restrictions on domestic travel.

New York isn’t the first state to do this – Maine, for example, also has a mandatory quarantine period for outsiders – but combined with New Jersey and Connecticut, it is the first region. And the most populous one at that: the tri-state area has over 23 million people. Regulating entry will have a tremendous effect on tourist and business travel, as well as its own residents’ freedom of movement.

It’s also reflective of COVID-19’s latest trajectory: While New York has managed to flatten its curve, the pandemic is rapidly spreading in other parts of the country. Yesterday, seven states reported their largest hospitalization rate since the pandemic began.

‘In New York we went from the highest number of cases to some of the lowest rates in the country – no one else had to bend the curve as much as we did and now we have to make sure that the rate continues to drop in our entire region’, Governor Cuomo said. ‘We’ve been working thin entire pandemic, and we’re announcing a joint travel advisory that says people coming in from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days. We’ve worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down and we don’t want to see it go up again because people are traveling into the state and bringing it with them’.

But how, exactly, will this quarantine work?

First thing’s first: it currently applies to travelers from nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. However, more may be added in the future, depending on their COVID-19 outbreak levels. According to the Governor’s office, it will pertain ‘to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7 –day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7 day rolling average’.

Enforcing the measures is another question. The three state plan to broadcast the message across highway, airports, and official social media accounts.

They are also asking hotels to clearly communicate the quarantine rule to their guests. Those caught violating it in New York might be fined – $2,000 for the first issue of first violation, $5,000 for the second, and up to $10,000 if you cause harm. ‘If you go to a hotel and a hotel clerk asks how come you are not in quarantine, you go to a business meeting and somebody says aren’t you supposed to be in quarantine, you’re stopped by a police officer who says you’re driving a car from a Florida license, weren’t you supposed to be a quarantine 14 days, any of those mechanism you can be detected as violating your quarantine’, Governor Cuomo said. ‘You could have to pay the costs’. While these types of fines show that the New York government is taking the risk seriously, the question of fair enforcement remains.

Time will tell how strictly New York enacts their own measures. In Hawaii another state with a mandatory quarantine, incoming visitors had their hotel arrangements verified by officials. Then, they were subject to follow up calls from the Hawaii Tourism Authority to make sure they were abiding by the rules. If no one could reach them, law enforcement could be, and sometimes was, notifies. So, if you planned to visits the City this summer – alternate plans should be in order.


NEWS ALERT | In U.N. Debut, Saudi King Calls For Comprehensive Solution On Iran

NEW YORK  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abudlaziz on Wednesday called for a comprehensive solution on Iran and disarming its affiliate Hezbollah in Lebanon, and expressed support for U.S. efforts to start talks between Israel and the Palestinians during his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He said Iran has exploited a … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | In U.N. Debut, Saudi King Calls For Comprehensive Solution On Iran

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Jeddah Host The Red Sea Museum

The Saudi Ministry of Culture announced the establishment of the Red Sea Museum, which will open its doors in 2020, in Bab Al Banat in the Historic Jeddah. The ministry says the museum will include manuscripts, photos, and books, which tell the story of the Bab al-Bunt’s heritage and demonstrate its role as a historical … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Jeddah Host The Red Sea Museum

NEWS | Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Hopes Peace Is Restored In Yemen Based On Riyadh Agreement

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ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has announced a collaboration with international art collective teamLab to create a digital-art museum as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The museum will be located in Jeddah, and is set to be called TeamLab Borderless Jeddah and will open in 2023. The 10 – year collaboration agreement between Saudi … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | The New Digital – Art Museum Is Coming To Saudi Arabia

FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

Billy Porter is known for his unapologetic style and statement red carpet looks. Despite this year’s Emmy Awards being held digitally, porter didn’t hold back from bringing his show-stopping outfits to the event, wearing a custom-made ensemble by Saudi label, Ashi Studio. The actor, who was nominated for the award for outstanding lead actor in … Continue reading FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

NEWS | Bahrain Says Foiled ‘Terrorist Attack’ Backed By Iran In Early 2020

Bahrain’s interior ministry said on Sunday it had foiled a ‘terrorist attack’ early this year that was backed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The statement confirmed earlier media reports about an alleged planned attack and added a timeframe. Earlier on Sunday Saudi state television Al-Ekhbariya and Bahraini newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej reported that interior ministry … Continue reading NEWS | Bahrain Says Foiled ‘Terrorist Attack’ Backed By Iran In Early 2020

BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

PARIS | FRANCE – LVMH said on Friday it had submitted its troubled takeover of Tiffany, which is now at the centre of  a legal dispute between the two groups, for EU approval as it seeks to counter accusations that it deliberately stalled antitrust proceedings. The French group’s $16 billion acquisition of the U.S. jeweler … Continue reading BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has released its updated traveler’s guide, which accommodates the ongoing pandemic after approving international travel for some exceptional cases. The new regulations entail that non – Saudis who are entering the Kingdom must provide a medical report of their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test and its negative results, … Continue reading TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor had been given since 1991. The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

MILAN | ITALY – A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom as Yemen’s Houthi group said it had it a target at Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport. In a statement published by Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi – Led Coalition Says Intercepts Drone, Houthis Say Abha Airport Hit

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