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Massachusetts Travel Orders and Western New England University

Updated August 12, 2020 

On July 27th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued a new travel order requiring people arriving from outside the state to fill out a travel form and comply with a 14-day quarantine in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Reference: https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-travel-form

The order, which went into effect on August 1st, applies to WNE students, faculty, and staff planning to return to the WNE campus from out of state, as well as anybody accompanying them.

The new rules exempt students and other travelers from states where both the average number of new cases and the percentage of positive tests are low. At the time when governor Baker signed the order, those states included New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.  

If you have traveled outside of Massachusetts, it is imperative that you follow the Massachusetts travel order above.  Additionally, please report your travel (excluding the above states) to the Office of Human Resources at joanne.ollson@wne.edu or donna-rae.kenneally@wne.edu. Do NOT come to campus to report travel, but instead email or call HR ahead of time to make your report.  Please include your name, title, supervisor’s name, dates of travel and where you traveled.

The order exempts people who can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test based on samples taken no longer than 72 hours prior to their arrival. People who can produce a negative COVID-19 test within the 14-day period after arriving in Massachusetts will also be allowed to stop their quarantine.

Western New England University has testing abilities on campus.  Health Services is located in CSP 235. Please call 413-782-1211 for an appointment.  WNE’s testing facility is certified by the state. Under the new rule, members of the WNE community will be able to break their quarantine to receive a COVID-19 test. And if that test result is negative, they will not need to continue quarantining. This testing and visit will be billed to the patient’s personal health insurance.

Western New England University will be requiring all students, faculty, and staff returning to campus this fall to have a screening test for the virus. Those tests will be free, and provided on campus.

Every member of the University has a responsibility to help keep COVID-19 off of our campus, as we continue to respect and care for each other’s safety, health, and well-being.