According to new reports, the Biden administration is now mulling over the possibility of imposing a 7-day quarantine for all travelers returning to the United States as a measure to help slow the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19. And if you refuse, you might find yourself paying a hefty fine.
And no, not even a negative test or being fully vaccinated is going to get out of the quarantine, according to information contained in a Daily Mail report.
The Daily Mail continues Biden’s tentative plan would also put a requirement in place for everyone entering the U.S. to be tested for COVID before boarding flights, no matter where the person is traveling from or his or her vaccination status. Another possibility is a requirement for travelers to be tested again within 3-5 days of arrival into the country.
A federal health official told The Washington Post the new policies could take effect as soon as next week.
The testing mandates were proposed by the CDC in a draft public health order, which is currently being reviewed by both Biden and the Department of Health and Human Services. The quarantine measures are not in the CDC’s draft currently but could be added later should their support increase.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID briefing Tuesday that the CDC is considering a range of measures against the new variant, such as “how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing closer to the time of flight, and considerations around additional post-arrival testing and self-quarantines,” as well as expanding surveillance programs at four major airports in order to test for COVID from certain international arrivals, the Daily Mail reported.
The president is currently scheduled to take a trip out to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is expected to unveil his winter plan for dealing with COVID.
At the moment, he’s not considering any kind of lockdowns, stating on Tuesday, “I’ll put forward a detailed strategy outline and how we’re gonna fight this COVID this winter, not with shutdowns and lockdowns – with more widespread vaccination, boosters, testing and much more.”