By: Helena Perray, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern
TRENTON, N.J. – Governor Phil Murphy announced the official lifting of New Jersey’s travel advisory during a COVID-19 briefing held on Monday afternoon.
The initial travel advisory, issued in 2020, required that New Jersey residents quarantine for two weeks following their return from out-of-state travel to states with increased rates of positive cases, as well as providing a negative COVID-19 test before and after their trip.
Earlier this year, Gov. Murphy stated that vaccinated individuals would no longer have to quarantine after travel. However, he announced today that the state’s travel advisory will no longer remain in effect for all residents of New Jersey – vaccinated or not.
The travel advisory has ended following the lowest recorded number of hospitalizations in New Jersey since October, Gov. Murphy said during his briefing. The estimated rate of virus reproduction has also fallen to 0.59 – nearly one-tenth the rate recorded in March 2020.
“There will no longer be required periods of quarantine for either out of state travelers coming to New Jersey or for New Jerseyans returning home from trips elsewhere. However, we do encourage everyone to continue to exercise common sense when traveling domestically, and to follow all health and safety protocols wherever you are traveling to,” Gov. Murphy said.
In alignment with CDC guidelines, it is still recommended that New Jersey residents continue to take necessary precautions in protecting against the virus, such as continuing to wear masks indoors, washing their hands, and socially distancing.
Although the end of New Jersey’s travel advisory is effective immediately, Gov. Murphy is continuing to encourage residents who plan to travel abroad to remain cognizant of the travel advisories and safety guidelines put in place by the Unites States Department of State and the CDC, as they pertain to the reality of the virus in other nations.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.