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Students and staff in NYC schools are discouraged from holiday travel

Everyone should comply with city and state regulations.

Danielle Valente

By now, you're probably putting together alternate plans for the holiday season.  

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to stay local this Thanksgiving and winter break, putting a hold on typical affairs.

"It's not business as usual. I hate to say it but I have to urge all New Yorkers—do not travel out of state for the holidays," he said. "Realize that by [traveling to a state or country with a high virus rate], unfortunately, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger and the risk of bringing the disease back here."

To comply with both the mayor and Governor Cuomo's guidelines, NYC schools expect students and staff to adhere to the rules.  

“For the health and safety of school communities, staff and students should not travel internationally or to states on the Governor’s restricted list during this holiday season," Nathaniel Styer, deputy press secretary at the NYC DOE, said in a statement. "New York City put in a tremendous amount of work to stop the spread and keep our infection rates low—we cannot let this hard work go to waste. All New Yorkers should heed travel warnings and guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19.”  

These restricted states require quarantine upon return:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming 

Learn more about the state's travel advisory online

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