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New COVID-19 quarantine could impact Buffalo Bills training camp

New York State just announced new restrictions on people from high-risk states.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state, along with Connecticut and New Jersey, would be implementing a mandatory two-week quarantine on people traveling to the state from high-risk states dealing with the coronavirus. The move is designed to slow the spread of more COVID-19 cases in an area of the country that was once the hardest-hit but has since taken steps to slow the faucet of cases to a trickle.

Players returning from their summer homes and training destinations will likely be significantly impacted. According to Andy Young of Spectrum News, those states include Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Washington, Florida, and Utah. Several Buffalo Bills offensive players have been videoed recently training in Florida.

The quarantine goes into effect at midnight tonight (Wednesday into Thursday). It’s unclear if or when travelers would be able to take a coronavirus test in order to bypass the quarantine order.

Bills players may want to start heading to Western New York soon. If they arrive on July 1st, they won’t be able to practice together until July 15th following the 14-day ban. Training camp doesn’t have an official start date yet, but it is usually near the end of July.

The NFL announced earlier this offseason that all NFL training camps will take place at the team’s home facilities, impacting the roughly ten teams that still traveled for camp including the Bills.