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March 27, 2020 5:30 PM, EDT

Truckers Who Visited New York City Don’t Have to Self-Quarantine

Congestion at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza Congestion at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza heading into New York City. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance specifically for transportation and delivery workers operating in New York City.

The CDC previously recommended that residents who are leaving the greater New York City area self-quarantine in an effort to avoid spreading the coronavirus. In a statement published March 26, the CDC indicated this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers. This statement falls in line with the recommendations the CDC set forth for other “essential critical infrastructure workers.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently directed all nonessential workers to work from home and asked everyone to keep 6 feet away from each other in public.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo

The CDC advises truck drivers to stay in their vehicles as much as possible, maintain a barrier of 6 feet when interacting with others and switch to electronic receipts, if possible. If a driver’s dispatch requires him or her to spend the night in the New York City area, that driver should stay in their hotel room or sleeper cab and continually practice social distancing.

“Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live,” the CDC’s guidance states.

Truck drivers and delivery workers who live in the New York City area may continue to operate within and outside the area, but should stay home and adhere to social distancing rules when off-duty.

The CDC still recommends that residents who were recently in affected areas in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We continue to recommend that all people take precautions to stay safe and keep others safe, including washing their hands regularly, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes and maintaining distance from others,” the CDC’s guidance states.

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