August 11, 2020 – With the recent spikes in COVID-19 in Rhode Island, what does that mean for REALTORS®, appraisers, and customers and clients who want to cross state lines to Massachusetts for showings, closings and other activities?
The State of Massachusetts requires anyone who enters the state from Rhode Island or other states with a COVID-19 positivity rate of 5 percent or more and average daily cases of 6 or more per 100,000 people over a 7 day rolling average to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and complete a Massachusetts Travel Form.
▪Travel from a low-risk state or who can produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arriving in Massachusetts.
▪Travel between Massachusetts and Rhode Island for work in a “fixed office”, school, medical appointments.
▪other exemptions listed in the travel order
In an interview with the Providence Journal, Governor Baker clarified the order and said that “transitory activities” such as going to the grocery store across state lines were allowed. Governor’s Baker’s statements appear to allow REALTORS®, appraisers, clients, and customers, to cross state lines for showings, client meetings, etc. but keep in mind that the written travel restrictions have not been updated.
Link to Massachusetts travel requirements: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order
(On August 11th, travel restrictions on Rhode Islanders traveling to NY, NJ and CT were lifted.)