A new California travel advisory urges residents to restrict their travel to no greater than 120 miles from their home residence.
The state of California, which has been ravaged by a dramatic increase in COVID infections, issued new guidance on January 6th, urging residents to further restrict their travel. While the state has been and continues to be under a variety of stay at home orders, the new guidance prescribes the new distance based limitation.
California, which has seen huge increases in COVID infections that have stressed hospitals and health care agencies, leads the country in COVID infections. Despite much of the state still being under stay at home orders on a county by county basis, infections and deaths continue to rise, stressing the state’s healthcare systems.
For example, Sacramento County, shown below, has seen a dramatic rise in hospitalizations related to COVID-1 since Thanksgiving. The state recently hit a new 2-day record for COVID-19 deaths with 1042 deaths in a two-day span early in 2021 and is sadly nearing a total death count of nearly 30,000.
The new travel advisory language states (emphasis added):
- “Except in connection with essential travel, Californians should avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one’s place of residence, or to other states or countries. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California.
- Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth in Paragraph 3.”
Moreover, travelers returning to California are advised to quarantine for 10 days after arrival. California, like many states, defines non-essential travel as recreational travel or tourism based travel.