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Update for IFCs Regarding New York State’s Quarantine Order

We have heard from a few of our IFCs regarding the Executive Order No. 205 announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. This order requires

“All travelers entering New York from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine.”

In particular, this order currently affects people traveling to or from the following affected states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

Under this Executive Order, while traveling for work, JetBlue IFCs are considered “essential workers” and are exempted from the quarantine restrictions of this Executive Order.

Per the New York State COVID-19 Travel Travel Advisory page,

“…an “essential worker” is (1) any individual employed by an entity included on the Empire State Development (ESD) Essential Business list…”

However, there are additional terms and conditions that apply to essential workers that you should be following:


Short Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of less than 12 hours.

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker passing through New York, delivering goods, awaiting flight layovers, and other short duration activities.
  • Essential workers should stay in their vehicle and/or limit personal exposure by avoiding public spaces as much as possible.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect workspaces.
  • Essential workers are required, to the extent possible, to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.

Medium Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of less than 36 hours, requiring them to stay overnight.

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker delivering multiple goods in New York, awaiting longer flight layover, and other medium duration activities.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distance, and clean and disinfect workspaces.
  • Essential workers are required, to the extent possible, to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings.

Long Term – for essential workers traveling to New York State for a period of greater than 36 hours, requiring them to stay several days.

  • This includes instances such as an essential worker working on longer projects, fulfilling extended employment obligations, and other longer duration activities.
  • Essential workers should seek diagnostic testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon arrival (within 24 hours) to ensure they are not positive.
  • Essential workers should monitor temperature and signs of symptoms, wear a face covering when in public, maintain social distancing, clean and disinfect workspaces for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Essential workers, to the extent possible, are required to avoid extended periods in public, contact with strangers, and large congregate settings for a period of, at least, 7 days.

We wanted to post these requirements in their entirety. Not all of these terms and conditions apply to IFCs, but the key takeaway is to continue following recommendations that are already in place in by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We hope this clears up any confusion for our flight attendants traveling to or from affected states.