Effective September 18, 2020, Connecticut's Travel Advisory was amended to permit a voluntary traveler to test in lieu of quarantine. This is good news to employers who anticipate travel during holiday months.
This amendment alleviates the need to pay employees for their emergency sick leave pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for this period of mandatory quarantine. Under the amended travel advisory, a test in lieu of self-quarantine is permitted as long as the traveler:
(i) has had a test for COVID-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut,
(ii) the result of such COVID-19 test is negative, and
(iii) he or she has provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner via email to: [email protected] or via facsimile to: (860) 326-0529.
Only results for nucleic acid COVID-19 tests, such as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests, shall be accepted.
If a test was obtained in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut, or following arrival in Connecticut, and the traveler has not yet received his or her test results, the traveler shall remain in self-quarantine while in Connecticut until a negative test result is submitted to the Commissioner.
If the test result is positive and the traveler is asymptomatic, he or she shall self-isolate for ten (10) days from the date of the test; if symptomatic, he or she should seek medical assistance. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Connecticut should delay such travel and consult with a medical professional.
Employers should consider implementing travel policies, if they have not done so already to address these advisories as well as this most recent amendment.