Dear Colleagues,

Governor Charlie Baker has relaxed the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 travel advisory for individuals entering Massachusetts from seven Northeast states that are making progress in the battle against coronavirus.

Effective July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey, including residents returning home, are no longer required to self-quarantine for 14-days. Self-quarantine guidelines remain in place for visitors from 42 other states. See State guidelines here.

The MBL has been and will continue to follow the instruction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as it relates to out of state travel. We have updated the Manager’s Guide for Addressing Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Exposure, Employee Daily Health Screening Form, and COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy to reflect the new state travel guidelines. In addition, managers will be provided with additional guidance next week to help address personal travel requests from employees who plan to visit states that are not exempt from the state’s self-quarantine directive.

If you must travel to a state that is not exempt from the state’s self-quarantine directive, you may be required to self-quarantine upon return to Massachusetts. You should work with your supervisor prior to your departure and be aware of the state’s travel restrictions. In addition, we continue to request that all employees who are traveling out of state regardless of length or destination to complete a travel form with information about their trip. This will help the MBL work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to limit exposure in the event of a positive test case.

The situation surrounding out of state travel is rapidly changing as some states experience spikes in COVID-19 cases. We will update the community if and when additional travel guidance is required.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer