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Before traveling, call your destination for any changes. Masks are mandatory indoors & outdoors even if you’re socially distant. Out of state visitors are required to get tested within 72 hours before entering PA. PA residents who travel to other states must follow same rules when returning. Learn More
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Pocono Promise

Last updated: 11/20/2020 at 1:54pm

Our Pledge, Our Promise

The Pocono Promise is a community commitment to protect the health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and you, the visitors, by following all federal, state, and local public health guidelines.

For years, businesses in the Pocono Mountains have been committed to the safety and welfare of their guests and patrons. It remains the central focus of our proprietors as they have pledge to follow the Pocono Promise!

Masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Please continue to practice social distancing. The PA Department of Health requires anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state, including Pennsylvanians returning to the Commonwealth, must either get tested within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or quarantine for 14 days upon returning. The Pocono Promise is a continued promise our businesses, festivals, parks and restaurants all plan to keep and deliver upon under any circumstances. For resources outlining public health guidelines visit our COVID-19 page. 

Download a list of businesses who signed the Pocono Promise and are committed to the health and safety of their guests.

Traveler Frequently Asked Questions
Why is testing or quarantine being required?

Testing is important especially as we enter the holiday season and consider visiting loved ones who may be more vulnerable to the devastating effects of the disease.

Do I have to quarantine after I travel out of state?

Completing a 14-day quarantine after traveling outside of Pennsylvania is required if an individual does not have proof of a negative test result.

If individuals do not want to quarantine, they must be tested in the 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania; if they have a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine. 

Does the order apply to people traveling to Pennsylvania from another state?

Yes, this requirement applies to out-of-state visitors to Pennsylvania. Anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state must get tested within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania.

Anyone unable to get a test, waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. Visitors should stay in their quarantine location for the full 14 days prior to interacting with anyone outside their travel group or household.

If I am awaiting my test result, am I permitted to still enter Pennsylvania?

Yes, you are still permitted to enter Pennsylvania if awaiting your test result. However, you are required to quarantine for 14 days prior to interacting with anyone outside your travel group or household.

Exemptions:
Travel between home and work or home and medical appointments in other states is permitted. Individuals traveling through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in Pennsylvania is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections does not require testing or quarantine.

Businesses

Pennsylvania does not dictate how businesses should implement the testing or quarantine requirement of 14 days after traveling out of state.

Travel

Travel to another state happens when someone travels by plane, public transit, personal vehicle, ride shares or taxis and interacts with individuals in the other state.

Exception:
Using travel services, such as a highway rest stop or making necessary travel connections. The CDC advises that making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Traveling through the state or traveling into the state for purposes of making connections for additional travel does not mean a person should not consider getting tested or undergo quarantine.

Testing

If someone intends to travel and shows no symptoms, they are still required to obtain a negative test within 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania.

If they do not have a test result prior to entering Pennsylvania, they are required to remain at their destination and apart from other individuals, anyone outside their travel group or household until they receive their test results. If the test result is negative, they may resume their travel activities. If the test result is positive for COVID-19, they must isolate, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Enforcement

The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. Anyone who does not comply with the order may be fined between $25 and $300 dollars.

Pocono lodging properties are aware of the order and follow the guidelines. Our businesses rely on guests to make the best decisions for themselves and others. As with any law or order, owners and operators do require guests to do their part.

This FAQ outlined above are updated with the newest information from the PA Department of Health.


Our Promise to You

  • We maintain aggressive cleaning protocols throughout the facility by cleaning and sanitizing: 
  • Common areas and high touch surfaces regularly. 
  • Items and places used by other guests after every use. 
  • We administer health surveys to all staff prior to their start of shift. 
  • We adhere to social distancing guidelines established for our facility. 
  • We provide readily available hand sanitizer or hand washing stations. 
  • We train all our employees on the necessary measures that ensure the safety of our guests and staff. 
  • We use masks and personal protective equipment. 
  • We are available to speak with you directly about any questions or concerns you may have to make your experience the best it can be. 
  • We will continue to give you the same level of service and hospitality you have come to expect, now enhanced through updated situational guidance. 

We know that travel was a big commitment before all of this. That is why we want to make all the information available to you when you are planning your next getaway to the Poconos.

Your Promise to Us 

  • Patience is important for everyone during this time and we thank you in advance for exercising as much patience as you can in all situations. 
  • Follow the guidance provided on the signs located in our facility outlining: 
    • Social distancing 
    • Practicing good hygiene
    • Wearing a mask, when practical to do so
  • Stay home and plan another time to visit if you have been: 
    • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) 
    • Recovering from or exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days 
    • Diagnosed with underlying health conditions 
    • Concerned about contracting COVID-19 
  • Keeping the Pocono Mountains Clean and Green 
    • Prevention – Hold onto your trash until you can dispose of it properly.  
    • Leave No Trace – When exploring the Poconos, any trash with you. Leave only footprints on hiking trails, rivers, and downtown streets. 
    • Come Prepared – If you are visiting for the day, create a plan for the trash you may generate. If there are no trash cans where you will be exploring, bring a trash bag with you and find the closest public trash drop-off - or put it in the trunk and bring it home. Never leave trash on the side of the road, or in any unsolicited area. 
    • To learn more, visit our Pick Up The Poconos page.
       
We cannot wait to see you soon in the Pocono Mountains.   
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Look for these signs at area businesses
 Pocono Promise Door Sign  Pocono Promise Protecting Our and Yours


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