Pa.'s new travel rules take effect Friday

Posted: November 18, 2020

Pennsylvania announced several new rules Tuesday related to COVID-19, which is surging across the state.

Some of these rules – particularly the one involving travel – will have an immediate effect on your holiday plans and, eventually, could impact operations at Gannon University’s Erie campus.

For Ruskin students returning to Pennsylvania or for those from other states planning to take part in commencement Saturday in Erie, please take heed of this state order regarding travel:

“Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering, unless they qualify for one of the exemptions specified in Section 4.”

This rule takes effect Friday, Nov. 20.

The exemptions are for those who are coming from another state to work in Pennsylvania; those who are coming here for medical reasons; military personnel who are traveling to the state under orders; and individuals who are in transit through the state to other destinations.

Any student coming from another state must provide proof of a negative COVID test prior to arriving on campus in order to participate in commencement. Please forward proof of your negative COVID test to the Gannon University Health Center: by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

Pennsylvania’s new guidelines should be a reminder to students at both the Ruskin and Erie campuses to be checking for rule changes in their home states regarding testing, quarantine and travel before heading home.

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