ASTA asks New York governor to reconsider quarantine measures

Oct 23, 2020 Impacting Travel

ASTA asks New York governor to reconsider quarantine measures

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) wrote to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on behalf of the more than 12,000 New Yorkers who work in travel agencies.

The association raised concerns about the state’s quarantine procedures for those visiting and returning to the state from abroad, which were established in a recent executive order from the governor.

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ASTA said it had “serious concerns about the impact” the order would have on its members’ businesses. In the letter to the governor, he asked Cuomo to “explore alternatives to a two-week automatic quarantine for virtually all New Yorkers returning to the state from abroad.”

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The letter also noted that in-state travel agents and advisers are suffering greatly from the COVID-19 crisis and that this quarantine rule imposes an undue burden on them.

“Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as of March, this business, and any income associated with it, has been almost completely stopped. As a result, according to our member surveys, more than 9 in 10 travel agencies have business revenues below at least 75 percent compared to 2019, ”ASTA noted in its letter.

ASTA also pointed to the number of restrictions that have made travel consultants’ jobs even more difficult.

“The many government restrictions that travel consultants have had to contend with as they struggle to keep their businesses alive since March include the European Union’s ban on arriving US travelers, and the ‘No Sail Order’ of the Centers. for U.S. Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) boat trips through at least October 31, 2020, according to the recently lifted U.S. Department of State and CDC anti-travel guide international regulations of any kind and the ever-changing state-by-state quarantine requirements for domestic and international travelers. “

The letter notes that the countries on the list excluded from quarantine are not those to which Americans travel in large numbers.

“In effect, this would mean that New Yorkers returning from a much-needed vacation to Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, or other destinations that accept US travelers (with some restrictions in most cases) would have to observe a strict two-week quarantine. arrival, regardless of your COVID infection status. This transforms a hypothetical one-week vacation into a three-week trial, and serves as a strong disincentive for New Yorkers to undertake international travel, at the worst possible time for our members’ businesses, ”noted ASTA.

The letter asks the governor to consider other measures, such as testing for COVID-19, so that New Yorkers can travel to these popular countries.

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