New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said anyone arriving in the state after contact with Ebola victims in West African countries will be asked to stay at home for 21 days, an approach that's more in line with federal recommendations and released after New Jersey came under fire for putting a returning nurse in quarantine.
But lawyers said the modified approach still would violate the civil rights of Americans coming back from helping to fight the virus abroad. Cuomo made the announcement on Sunday evening at a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Health care workers will check on individuals twice a day to monitor their symptoms.
"It's a home quarantine but it is a mandatory quarantine," Cuomo said, noting he thought those who would be subject to it would "be receptive and understanding."
"It's not like a terrible task is being asked of you … you stay at home," he said.
Facilities will be provided for those who don't have a place to stay. Cuomo thought it would probably be "the safest protocol in the U.S." and "that should give people tremendous comfort."
The rules apply to anyone, not just medical workers, returning from West Africa after contact with Ebola victims, he said. The state will pay to transport people home, and health care workers that don't get paid for the quarantine period by their employers will be compensated by the state.