Washington DC: Coronavirus 14-Day Quarantine for Arrivals from Most States

Washington DC: Coronavirus 14-Day Quarantine for Arrivals from Most States

Washington, DC's Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine for Arrivals starts July 27 and applies to arrivals, both visitors and returning residents, from most U.S. states.

We've already seen New York, NJ and CT's 14-Day Quarantine for arrivals from over 30 states (New York's can incur a civil penalty up to $10,000 for non-compliance); Massachusetts' Coronavirus Testing or Quarantine, with a Daily $500 fine for non-compliance; Hawaii's 14 Day Quarantine, which is strictly enforced, with scofflaws subject to 1 year in prison and/or a fine of up to $5000.

Washington, DC has been rather hard hit by coronavirus cases, although numbers have come down: over the past week, there's been an average of 12 new cases daily per 100,000. That compares favorably with Florida, where the daily average has been 52 per 100K over the past week, but is above Northeast states such as Massachusetts and New Jersey (5 daily per 100K); New York (4 daily per 100K) and Maine (1 daily per 100K).


When is the Quarantine Requirement in Effect?

Mayor Muriel Bowser's Quarantine Order goes into effect Monday July 27, 2020, and is in effect until at least October 9, 2020, although it could be extended.


Who is Required to Quarantine?

All visitors and returning DC residents who have undertaken non-essential travel are subject to the 14-day quarantine if they've been in a “high risk area,” states where the 7-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000. Maryland and Virginia are exempt.


Where is the List of High Risk States and Exempt States?

The list, which will appear on July 27, will be at coronavirus.dc.gov. Based on the criteria, the following states are expected to be exempt, in addition to Maryland and Virginia:

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia


Is There a Fine for Non-Compliance?

So far a fine hasn't been announced. That said, the order enables businesses, universities, apartments, condominiums, and cooperatives to require employees, students, clients, customers, guests, visitors, etc. to comply with the order.

The DC Office of Planning has already contacted DC's universities and colleges, asking them how they will ensure quarantine compliance for out-of-state students returning to campus.


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