New York’s travel quarantine list underscores camp complications

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The NFL is still planning to have teams report to training camp as scheduled on July 28.

But if you’re a Buffalo Bill, for instance, you’d probably be safer giving yourself a head start getting there.

As noted by Tim Graham of, 60 of the 88 players on the Bills roster at the moment are from places which otherwise can’t travel into New York without a lengthy quarantine.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced that travelers from 16 states have to quarantine for 14 days before entering the state.

Those states, the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment, are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The Giants and Jets would ostensibly be subject to the rule as well, since they train in New Jersey and that state has followed the same guidance for travelers, and the locations and sheer number of states on the list would impact practically every roster in the league.

The policy allows for exceptions, including for business travel, listing truckers as an example.

“Individuals traveling for business should still consider postponing travel to the extent possible,” it reads. “Individuals are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms upon return from any travel to an impacted state, and employers should consider screening employees for symptoms before permitting them to return to work.”

So while players technically can show up, the policy was written because going from places in the middle of an outbreak to a place that isn’t is a good way to create a new outbreak.

It’s also another problem the NFL has to address, as the clock ticks toward their anticipated gatherings, and the inevitable positive tests that follow.

5 responses to “New York’s travel quarantine list underscores camp complications

  1. The notion of self quarantining is noble…but unrealistic for the general public. It does not happen and it is not enforced (and quite frankly is many cases is impossible to enforce). Why not just have the NFL be very accountable, have players show up early, quarantine them appropriately and do so in a very public manner as to lead the way. They have the money and resources to do so which means there is absolutely no exuse (unlike the general public) why they should not.

  2. I don’t know where they get their data but Tennessee should be on this list. They are #19 in cases and #29 in deaths. Virginia has 20,00+ more cases and about 3x the deaths of Tennessee

  3. Impossible to enforce this and seems like it would be a huge infringement on freedoms to try and enforce it.

  4. Ryan Dubose says:
    June 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm
    Impossible to enforce this and seems like it would be a huge infringement on freedoms to try and enforce it.


    You’re right, huge infringement on the freedom to spread a virus that people are already concerned is quickly getting out of control. An atrocity in the making.

  5. Hardest hit? What exactly are their death rates? Asking for a friend

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