In accordance with State of Connecticut Reopen rules, and, more importantly, to support best public health practices on our campus, I am providing weekly reminders on polices intended to promote campus safety. These reminders are meant to complement and reinforce the information presented in the Return to Yale Campus Training and Yale University COVID-19 Workplace Guidance website. Today I will focus on important information regarding travel into Connecticut.
Connecticut’s Requirements for Travelers (including residents)
Before COVID-19, most of us gave little thought to passing beyond the borders of our state for business or pleasure and then returning home. With rates of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation, the State of Connecticut has created stringent rules for travel into our state.
The FAQs below will help you to find the information that you need in order to comply with the state rules and to understand how your travel may impact your work at Yale.
What are the current state requirements and where can I find them?
Current requirements include registration and self-quarantine for individuals entering Connecticut from a number of states where viral transmission is high or rising (identified states). The state website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel) contains the most up-to-date information, including the current list of identified states, which changes at least weekly.
Do these rules apply to me if I live in Connecticut?
These rules also apply to all travelers, including Connecticut residents if they have traveled outside of Connecticut.
Are there forms that I need to complete?
Anyone entering from one of the identified states (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel) must fill out a travel health form upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the form online at ct.gov/travelform.
Are there exceptions to the policy?
There are a few exceptions to the policy that apply, for example, to travelers who will be in the state for less than 24 hours and for certain categories of workers if they have traveled for work purposes. There is an extensive list of FAQs on the state website (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Travel) which provides details about these exceptions.
Can travelers be tested for COVID-19 instead of self-quarantine?
In general, no. The state has provided a testing alternative that applies only to very rare circumstances. You may refer to the state website to determine if this narrow exemption would apply to you.
If travel out of state requires me to self-quarantine, will I be paid my normal salary and/or will I have to use paid time off?
You should avoid traveling to any state included in the Governor’s travel advisory as of the date of your travel. Staff members who are required to work on campus and choose to travel to a restricted state will be expected to self-quarantine consistent with the Governor’s order and will have to use their allotment of paid time off (i.e. vacation, PTO) during this period. Health care staff, staff working in essential functions, and those traveling on Yale-related business should check with their supervisors for additional information.
As members of the Yale, New Haven, and Connecticut communities, we each have a responsibility to understand and follow the rules that apply to us. By working together, we can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Please remember that you may call the Campus COVID‐19 Resource Line at 203‐432‐6604 (toll‐free at 866‐924‐9253) between 8 am and 5 pm, 7 days a week for personal health concerns and questions about Yale’s COVID‐19 response and policies.