No, There Will NOT a Travel Ban Between New Jersey & New York This Month
NO travel ban between New York state and New Jersey has been planned, despite any internet rumors you may have read suggesting otherwise.
New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness issued a statement about a bogus letter, which has reportedly made its rounds on the web to remind us that it’s not true.
The bogus letter, which appears to have seals of several government agencies (including the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and more) alleges that “as of May 10, New York residents will not be permitted to enter New Jersey due to the spread of COVID-19.”
The warning letter (which has a lot of typos, by the way) says that those who cannot provide a New Jersey ID will be “taken into custody, and escorted back to New York.”
The letter is simply not true. Of course, in an era where there is a ton of information, it is easy to fall victim to a scam like this… especially since it’s prying on our fears.
There are resources that are available from the state and the federal government to help disseminate the truth. Here are some of those local resources:
New Jersey’s COVID-19 Hub is constantly updated with the latest information from public officials. Additionally, it has hundreds of links to resources for residents, business owners, health care professionals, and more. Click here to visit their website.
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has set up a COVID-19 hub online as well. Their page, which can be accessed by clicking here, offers specific updates about misinformation and rumors.
Plus, these federal government resources are available to help dispel false information:
- Department of Justice (DOJ): Report COVID-19 Fraud
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Coronavirus Rumor Control
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stop the of Rumors