New York officials on Tuesday discouraged non-essential travel to neighboring states amid an increase in coronavirus cases, but conceded a requirement for travelers to quarantine themselves for two weeks was impractical.
"There is no practical way to quarantine New York and New Jersey," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a conference call. "There are too many interconnections."
Placing a travel quarantine on Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut would be economically infeasible, Cuomo added.
New York has added 43 states and territories to a two-week quarantine for those who travel into the state from those areas.
Much of the country has seen increased cases in recent weeks, and New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania would meet the state's criteria for being added to the list.
But the intertwining of the economies of all three states in the greater metropolitan area of New York City makes such a quarantine too difficult.
"It would have a disastrous effect on the economy," Cuomo said.
Instead, New York is discouraging non-essential travel to those states. Cuomo plans to speak with his counterparts in those states.
The governor has worked closely with both Govs. Ned Lamont of Connecticut and Phil Murphy of New Jersey during the pandemic.
New York's positive rate in the last day stood at 1.3 percent when taking into consideration areas of the state that are considered "micro-clusters" of spiking cases.
Twelve people have died in the last 24 hours of COVID-19, and 942 people have been hospitalized.
Cuomo also on Tuesday announced a ban on commercial evictions would be extended to Jan. 1, matching a moratorium on residential evicitions that is now due to expire on the same day.