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Mercer County, N.J., Executive Brian M. Hughes sends message to citizens

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut this week updated their quarantine travel advisory for people traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19. The advisory asks visitors to New Jersey, and returning residents, to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. When the advisory took effect four weeks ago there were nine states on the quarantine list; today there are 31.

The advisory is particularly relevant to Mercer County in that we are home to Trenton-Mercer Airport, one of three commercial airports in New Jersey. Frontier, the airline operating from Trenton-Mercer, flies to leisure destinations in the Southeast that include several states currently on the quarantine list. In the airport terminal, you will see “Welcome to New Jersey” posters, provided by the state, asking travelers to take an online survey to learn whether they should self-quarantine.
Some travelers may find the quarantine request to be unreasonable, but in order to avoid a resurgence of the virus spread we saw in many parts of New Jersey this spring, we ask that this public health advisory be adhered to whenever possible. New Jerseyans brought the COVID-19 curve down by following recommendations to maintain social distance, wear a face covering and practice good hand hygiene. States that haven’t been as committed to those safety measures are seeing daily increases in positive cases and hospitalizations, a situation to which we do not want to return. The purpose of the quarantine advisory is to help prevent additional outbreaks and enable New Jersey to continue the restart process that entered its second phase in mid-June. That’s important for our residents, our workforce, our business community – for everyone. It’s a sacrifice worth making.
For those of you using Trenton-Mercer Airport, the airport is committed to the safety of travelers and employees, and has taken steps to make the facility safe including enhanced cleaning procedures, the installation of plastic shields in high-traffic areas and reduced seating to promote social distancing. But as in all public settings, everyone has to do their part to protect themselves and those around them.
We’re into month five of this public health crisis, and if people are suffering from COVID fatigue it’s understandable. But our only viable recourse against the virus is to stay vigilant and continue to do the things we know to be effective: Practice social distancing, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, and stay home if you are sick. Let’s continue to move forward and keep our community safe. Let’s continue to work together.