(NewsReady.com) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced new steps to protect his state from the coronavirus on Monday. Three states and four cities were added to the state’s existing quarantine laws to screen travelers from areas with the highest infection rates, minimizing their contact with Texans.
Last Thursday, Abbott issued an executive order requiring anyone who entered Texas by air from an airport in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, plus the city of New Orleans, to spend 14 days in quarantine.
Issuing an Executive Order that mandates a 14-day quarantine for people traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans.https://t.co/PxnPBylRqr pic.twitter.com/ogvzPZHyMr
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) March 26, 2020
Now Gov. Abbott has extended this restriction to include travelers from California, Louisiana and the state of Washington as well as residents of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. It also applies to visitors who enter Texas by car.
Texas isn’t the only state to impose a quarantine for visitors. Florida is screening any arrivals from “areas heavily affected” by the virus; there are checkpoints at airports as well as on highways into the state. Rhode Island tried to block travelers from New York, but the threat of legal action from governor Andrew Cuomo persuaded them to introduce a more general ban.
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