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BOSTON – Effective Friday, August 7, the Massachusetts Department of Public health has removed Rhode Island from the list of low risk states, which are safe to travel to.

As of August 7, visitors from the nation’s smallest state now must quarantine for 14 days when entering Massachusetts or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Gov. Charlie Baker said there is an exception in the travel restriction policy for those who “travel across the border for work, if they go to a particular place every day, and vice versa.”

Starting August 1, all visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home, including students returning to campuses for the fall semester, must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts, or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions.

Individuals who get a test must remain in quarantine until they receive their negative test results. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Travelers are exempt from this requirement if they are coming from a state that has been designated by the Department of Public Health as a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into another narrow exemption category.

Based on current public health data, those lower-risk states will include: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.