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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 11/24/2020 at 7:55pm

The Pocono Mountains has been working collectively to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 over the last serval months, much like everyone else. 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. All four counties of the region continue to be in the Green Phase and we continue to update our reopening resource page for businesses regularly based on updated information from our county, state and federal entities.

This site is a resource of information about COVID-19 and updates throughout the Pocono Mountains region including local hospital information and event changes. These pages are updated regularly. View our blogs for travel inspiration and news.

Resource pages for Lehigh Valley Health Network PoconoSt. Luke’s University Health Network Pocono and Wayne Memorial Hospital offer information on health-related issues due to COVID-19 and information on your regular care resources too.


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.


Area Chambers:

Find additional information on restaurants and properties in the Pocono area by visiting our area chamber of commerce and partnership websites. You can click on the logos below to visit each website.

   Chamber of the Northern Poconos  Greater Honesdale Partnership  Pike County Chamber of Commerce    Pocono Chamber of Commerce  Carbon Chamber & Economic Development