Dear Colleagues,Effective today, Friday, August 7, travel to Rhode Island is no longer exempt from quarantine under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Travel Order.

As is the case with other non-exempt states, people who have traveled to Rhode Island and are returning to Massachusetts must complete a travel form and quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the decision to remove Rhode Island from the list of lower risk states is due to increases in both Rhode Island’s positive test rate and cases per 100,000.

The MBL remains vigilant as it relates to following the Commonwealth’s instruction on out-of-state travel and will adhere to the travel order. If there is a family care responsibility or emergency situation which requires that a staff member travel to a state not exempt from quarantine, please contact Ann Egan, Director of Human Resources.

Paul Speer
Chief Operating Officer