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Texas Expands Quarantine Requirement For Out-Of-State Travelers
Texas is expanding its quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers in an effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Governor Greg Abbott is ordering that air travelers from California, Washington state and several other places must self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving in Texas.
His executive order, which previously focused on New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Orleans, was expanded to the entire state of Louisiana and Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami.
Abbott told state troopers to enforce the quarantine order to Louisiana motorists driving into Texas and officials have been ordered to collect information from drivers on where they are isolating themselves for 14 days.
The order does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions.
Not complying with the rules can cost offenders a $1,000 fine and a six-month jail sentence.
Abbott joins a growing number of other governors that are targeting motorists from areas they consider “hot spots” for the virus.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded a required quarantine for New York motorists to all states.
Meanwhile, Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige is requiring all visitors and residents that are returning to the state to self-isolate for 14 days.
And in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has set up checkpoints along the Panhandle border to target states like Louisiana and New York as reported in Politico.