Published November 24, 2020
Governor Cuomo announced new guidelines as of November 4, 2020 requiring individuals to quarantine after traveling to New York State from a noncontinguous state, U.S. territory or CDC level 2 or level 3 country for more than 24 hours. Employees that travel to and from such areas are ineligible for paid sick leave benefits if the travel was not directed by the employee’s employer.
If an employee commences travel to a noncontiguous state for more than 24 hours:
These rules apply to employee travel to states that are added to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) site.
Before traveling out of state, all employees should consult the DOH website to confirm whether they are traveling to a state that requires quarantine upon return to New York.
These provisions do not apply if an employee travels to a designated state as part of the employee’s employment or at the direction of the employee’s agency:
Employees returning from a designated state who cannot telecommute and are deemed essential and critical for the operation or safety of the workplace, upon a documented determination by their supervisor and a human resources (HR) representative in consultation with appropriate state and local health authorities, the exposed, asymptomatic employee may return to work so long as the employee adheres to the following practices prior to and during their work shift, which should be monitored and documented by the employer and employee:
If an employee is symptomatic upon arrival at work or becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms while at the workplace, absent close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, the employee must be separated and sent home immediately and may return to work upon completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms OR upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.
Refer to UB's COVID-19 website for the most up to date travel advisories and recommendations.