Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla today urged Hoboken residents to avoid non-essential travel outside of New Jersey to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Recent contact tracing from the Hoboken Health Department indicates that recent travel to certain high-risk regions, both in the United States and to other countries is contributing to COVID-19 infections in Hoboken. Mayor Bhalla asks residents to consider postponing out-of-state vacations, including potential spring break trips, and plan for safer alternatives that do not include long-distance travel.
“While I know a long-distance vacation during spring break can be tempting due to the stresses of the pandemic, unfortunately it is not the time for non-essential trips outside of New Jersey,” said Mayor Bhalla. “I encourage residents and families to plan for safer alternatives that take into account the CDC’s advisories and recommendations, to avoid out-of-state travel in the months ahead.
The Hoboken Health Department reported Florida and Mexico as destinations residents have visited, as well as out-of-state ski resorts, and other locations both domestically and internationally that have contributed to recent COVID-19 cases.
The CDC recommends avoiding all travel to over 160 countries and regions carrying a “very high risk” due to high COVID-19 rates. The State of New Jersey strongly discourages all non-essential interstate travel.
“Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and community during and after travel.”
The Hoboken Health Department recommends any resident who chooses to travel outside of New Jersey to get tested prior to travel. According to the CDC, residents should quarantine for at least one week upon arrival in Hoboken and get tested for COVID-19 at least 3-5 days after returning. Those with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible. Residents who received a vaccination should also follow normal quarantine procedures, as recommended by the State of New Jersey.
In addition to out-of-state travel, indoor gatherings and social get-togethers remain the primary source of recent infections in Hoboken. Mayor Bhalla and the Hoboken Health Department continue to urge residents to avoid indoor settings, both large and small beyond household members.