Massachusetts residents are now prohibited from traveling to New Jersey, New York, New Orleans and Miami for any reason, including to attend any sporting event or event with a mass shooting.
The restrictions were announced Friday by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which is in charge of coronavirus coronaviruses, and the New Jersey Department of Health.
Massachusetts will be prohibited from attending any sporting events or event involving mass shootings, including sporting events involving a mass shooter, starting at noon on Saturday, Feb. 12, the Office of Chief Medical Examiners said in a news release.
For the purposes of this list, a mass shootings will mean a death, serious bodily injury, or a life threatening illness, the release said.
It is the first time in the U.S. that a state has restricted travel from these states.
The Massachusetts restrictions are in effect beginning at noon Friday and going into effect at 11:59 p.m.
The New Jersey state health department said it is issuing a travel advisory to travelers from the state.
Residents in New Jersey can travel to New York City, New Jersey and New Orleans, Louisiana, for a minimum of five days per calendar year for the purpose of attending sporting events, including professional sporting events.
The New Orleans travel advisory will also apply to residents of the state’s other metropolitan areas, including New Orleans; New Orleans Parish, Louisiana; and the City of New Orleans.
Charlie Baker, a Democrat, signed the order Friday afternoon.
The state will be allowed to temporarily extend the ban on New Jersey until further notice.
The order is one of a series of measures taken by New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie to stem the spread of the virus.
Last week, Christie declared a state of emergency for the entire state and ordered the suspension of federal funding for state-funded health care programs for individuals with health problems or illnesses, including for those with mental health conditions, and those who have been hospitalized for a contagious illness.
New Jersey’s ban on travel from New Jersey was first announced in February.
It allows the state to restrict some visitors to New England and New Jersey.
Travel restrictions have been in place for nearly three months.
A New Jersey State Police spokesperson said the state has not had any outbreaks or confirmed deaths related to coronaviremia in New England.