1. Does this apply to students arriving from other States or foreign countries to attend college or university or boarding school?
Yes. The travel rule applies to all persons entering Massachusetts from any point of origin. A student who enters Massachusetts from any place not included on the list of COVID-19 lower-risk States must quarantine for 10 days if the student cannot provide proof of a negative test result that meets the standards of the 72-hour test rule or a positive test result on a test taken more than 10 days but less than 90 days ago .
2. Does the rule apply to parents, guardians and family members who are dropping their students off for boarding school or college/university?
Yes. If a parent/guardian/family member is entering Massachusetts only to drop off the student and then immediately leaves the campus and the state, then they would meet the exemption of transitory travel. If they are staying overnight, then they are subject to the requirements of the travel Order.
Parents, guardians, and family members who do not meet the transitory travel exemption and are coming into Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk State are required to either receive a negative test within 72 hours of coming into Massachusetts or a positive test result from more than 10 days but less than 90 days ago, or quarantine for 10 days.
3. Where can I report concerns I may have about non-compliance with the Order?
Individuals should contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or the Local Board of Health. Contact information for Local Boards of Health can be found here.
4. If I develop symptoms but had a negative test what should I do?
The 72-hour test is a diagnostic test that is a point in time clinical measurement. If you develop symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate, contact a healthcare provider and be tested again
5. I received a call that I should go into quarantine because I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. My test came back negative 3 days ago. Do I still need to quarantine?
Yes. If you were exposed to someone known to be COVID-19 positive, then you are at increased risk of becoming positive and will need to quarantine for 10 days in your home state.
6. I had an antigen test which was negative, do I need to be tested again?
Yes, a negative antigen test must be confirmed by a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts.
7. I previously tested positive for COVID-19. Does the rule apply to me?
Individuals who are COVID-19-recovered, meaning individuals who tested positive more than 10 days but less than 90 days ago and who do not have symptoms, do not need to obtain a negative PCR test prior to traveling to or quarantine upon arrival to Massachusetts. They must have documentation of the positive PCR test result available if asked. COVID-19-recovered individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 must follow all testing and quarantine guidance outlined in the travel rules.
8. Do I have to comply with the Travel Order if I have received a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. At this time, vaccinated individuals must continue to comply with the Governor’s Travel Order and related testing and quarantine requirements. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, including quarantining after a possible exposure, covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.