Dear NESMA Members:
Please see below an update from Colin Cooper on some questions you may have re: employees traveling to and from states that CT currently requires self quarantine upon return to Connecticut.
We have been getting questions regarding the recently enacted Travel Advisory, specifically regarding the directive to self-quarantine after traveling to states with high rates of COVID.
As of today, the list of states includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Please go to https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT to see the advisory with a list of Frequently Asked Questions. CMC members will be interested to note that Workers traveling from impacted states to CT who work in critical infrastructure as designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are exempted from the quarantine advisory.
Included in the exemption are workers in the Critical Manufacturing Sector which includes:
- Primary Metals Manufacturing
- Iron and Steel Mills and Ferro Alloy Manufacturing
- Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
- Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing
- Machinery Manufacturing
- Engine and Turbine Manufacturing
- Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
- Earth Moving, Mining, Agricultural, and Construction Equipment Manufacturing
- Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
- Electric Motor Manufacturing
- Transformer Manufacturing
- Generator Manufacturing
- Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
- Vehicles and Commercial Ships Manufacturing
- Aerospace Products and Parts Manufacturing
- Locomotives, Railroad and Transit Cars, and Rail Track Equipment Manufacturing
In addition, CMC members should know that the Governor supports allowing travelers to take a COVID test upon return and a negative test would allow the individual to be exempted from the quarantine advisory. This is still in discussion with regional health authorities.