BOSTON – Effective Saturday at 12:01 a.m., New Hampshire and Maine will be removed from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts safe travel list, announced the Department of Public Health today, November 20.
That would leave Vermont and Hawaii as they only low-risk states to travel from to Massachusetts, without quarantining.
If anyone from Massachusetts plans to travel to New Hampshire and Maine they will be required to quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon their return.
And anyone from New Hampshire and Maine coming to Massachusetts would need to quarantine for two weeks or have proof of a negaive COVID-19 test.
Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
Individuals who need to commute to New Hampshire or Maine for work or medical treatment are exempt. For example if you work in Salem NH, and live in Methuen, Mass.
Massachusetts will also exempt short, same-day trips across the border like attending religious services, or attending to the care needs of family members.
What does not qualify as an exemption is a Thanksgiving dinner, said the state.
New Hampshire and Maine had averaged above 10 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which was one of the thresholds that states needed to remained a low-risk state.
New Hampshire is at 27 cases per day and Maine is at 14 cases per day.
Massachusetts is averaging 38 cases per day.