Florida rescinds quarantine mandate for New York travelers

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Healthcare workers at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on August 5, 2020. (AP / Wilfredo Lee)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has rescinded an order requiring people traveling from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the Sunshine State to quarantine or isolate for 14 days.

DeSantis’ latest order rescinded a mandate issued in March that people must quarantine upon arriving in Florida if they had come from the New York area, which at the time was the epicenter of the pandemic.

The order—signed by DeSantis and made public Thursday—also eliminated detailed requirements for when restaurant employees should be kept from reporting to work because of coronavirus concerns.

Meanwhile, Florida on Thursday reported 7,650 new coronavirus cases. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 total cases. Testing is ramping up in the Sunshine State following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

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