Among the “targeted” measures announced Tuesday by Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine to address the surge in covid-19 cases is the requirement that anyone visiting from another state have a negative test within 72 hours before entering the state. If not, they have to quarantine for 14 days.
And Pennsylvanians visiting other states are now required to get a test 72 hours prior to returning or they have to quarantine for 14 days.
The order doesn’t apply to folks who commute to and from New Jersey for work.
That means that Lambertville residents can still shop for groceries at Giant or McCaffrey’s, and New Hope locals can gas up their cars in Lambertville, although it’s strongly discouraged.
“We really want people to stay at home, to stay in their household, and not to travel,” said Levine.
Pennsylvania Department of Health officials were not available for comment on the new rules.
Also announced Tuesday were tighter requirements for wearing masks when away from home. People outdoors who can’t socially distance from someone who doesn’t live in their household still need to wear a mask. But now if they’re indoors, masks are required even if they’re physically distant from others who don’t live in their household.