Federal Judge Upholds New York’s COVID-19 Travel Quarantine

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) -
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A traveler arriving on a train that originated in Miami at New York’s Penn Station earlier this month. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit by an Arizona woman who claimed New York’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from hotspot coronavirus states infringed on her “fundamental right to travel.”

U.S. District Court Judge David Hurd on Tuesday became at least the second federal judge to rule against challenges to the quarantines first ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June. The advisory currently covers travelers from 31 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Cynthia Page filed the suit last month, claiming it unfairly stopped her from visiting Brooklyn and helping friends pack up belongings in a house they were preparing to sell. Page asserted that Cuomo’s executive order and the quarantine rules made the trip impossible, which “was and continues to be very upsetting,” according to court papers.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Hurd wrote that people from restricted states remain free to enter New York.

“And whether resident or non-resident, any traveler who completes the quarantine remains completely free to travel freely within the State itself,” Hurd wrote.

Page informed the court Tuesday she would appeal.

Page’s lawyer, David Yerushalmi, told The New York Post he thought the judge’s decision “was thoughtful but wrong.”

“Judge Hurd has responded out of the fear of the pandemic but has ignored basic constitutional law,” he said.

Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, told The New York Post, “I’ve lost track of the frivolous suits filed against the state during this pandemic.”