It sounds like a line from an old movie. Who would think that you would have to have papers in our country? Well, you do in New York City now.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order requiring anyone traveling into New York City from any states considered ‘high risk’ are required to fill out a form and then to quarantine for 14 days. If stopped, you are required to prove that you filled out the form and hotels and short term rental properties can also be fined if they allow you to stay without showing them the form.
“In addition to civil penalties and monetary fines, you may be subject to civil commitment until you comply with these important provisions of law,” New York Sheriff Joseph Fucito said. The fines could be up to $10,000 and, in case you are wondering, ‘civil commitment is a nice way of saying they will put you in a hospital without your consent.
Just for reference, de Blasio considers a state ‘high risk’ if there are 10 infections per 100,000 residents in the last 7 days. The math on that comes to 0.01% infection rate. With that as a target, it’s hard to believe it’s really about ‘high risk’. But either way, be sure you have your papers in order if you go to New York.