Dear Colleagues,

As indicated in the laball message sent on July 2, we have updated the Manager’s Guide for Out of State Travel to help clarify when a 14-day self-quarantine is and is not required following out of state travel. In particular, please take note of the following state-by-state guidelines.

Travelers arriving to Massachusetts, including residents returning home, from:

  1. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey:
    No self-quarantine required per Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines.
  2. Any state with greater than 15 new cases per 100,000 resident population per day on a 7-day average:
    Mandatory 14-day self-quarantine (no exceptions). Affected states are updated every Tuesday, see current list here.
    This guidance is based on an order by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The calculation of 15 new cases per 100,000 is indicative of a high-risk state. A state’s status relative to this indicator could change during the course of a trip. Employees will be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine if the status changes during their trip.
  3. Remaining States:
    Mandatory 14-day self-quarantine (unless a family emergency or related issue).
    We understand that there are family care responsibilities and other situations which arise and will need to be considered on a case by case basis. 

People in quarantine should separate themselves from others as much as possible and check for symptoms. See Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC website for specific information on self-quarantining.

As the pandemic evolves, state-based quarantine orders may also continue to evolve, and individuals should build in as much flexibility as possible when making travel arrangements. All employees who are planning to travel out of state, regardless of length or destination, are asked to complete a travel form with information about their trip.

The MBL will continue to closely monitor changes in public health guidance and will communicate how such changes could affect our community. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your manager.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer