Washington D.C. added Delaware to its list of high-risk states that would require travelers undergoing quarantine for 14 days.
On Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-081, with requirements for all people traveling into Washington, DC from high-risk states. High-risk states are states where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 persons.
The move was bad news for Delaware beaches, which have a high percentage of travelers from D.C. and its suburbs.
The distrcit. joins Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey in adding the quarantine requirement.
Delaware Gov. John Carney has stated that the moving average measurement punishes states that do a high level of testing.
Pennsylvania, for example, has a low level of testing when compared to Delaware. Maryland does better but also has a lower test rate, according to Johns Hopkins figures.
Beginning today, Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District.
Individuals traveling from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the District for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and, if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.
Travel to and from Maryland and Virginia is exempt from the order. This list will be used until Monday, August 10, when an updated list will be posted on coronavirus.dc.gov.
High-risk states that require 14 days of self-quarantine: