Texas governor targets travelers from New York, New Orleans

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a mandatory self-quarantine of 14 days for people traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans.

Those areas were targeted because they are focal points for the COVID-19 pandemic, Abbott said.


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“The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas,” Abbott said.

Abbott’s executive order follows the guidance the White House Coronavirus Task Force and will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

During the 14-day period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces.

The self-quarantines will last at least 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter, officials said.

Those entering Texas as their final destination from the targeted areas will use a form from the DPS to designate their quarantine location. DPS special agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance, officials said. Failure to comply with this order is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both.