Texas Governor Issues Self-Quarantine for Airplane Passengers from NewYork Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans
On Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring people traveling by airway from the New York Tri-State area to self-quarantine for 14 days.
In addition, Gov. Abbott issued a similar quarantine advisory for people traveling from the City of New Orleans by air into the state of Texas.
The orders do not apply to people traveling by motor vehicle or train into the state.
Texas Department of Public Safety will run and enforce the self-quarantine, Abbott said. People entering the state from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut must designate their quarantine location and provide additional identifying information. DPS troopers will conduct visits to those locations to confirm they are complying with the self-quarantine.
Failure to comply is punishable by $1,000 or a jail sentence by up to 180 days, Gov. Abbott said.
During the period of quarantine, no visitors are allowed out of or into the designated quarantine location and the people in quarantine shall not visit public spaces.
The New York Tri-state area, which includes New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut is now ground-zero for the transmission of Coronavirus in the U.S.
“Everyone from the New York metro area to self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of Covid-19,” Gov. Abbott said. “So, New York doesn’t act as a seeding point to the rest of the country.”
Public health basis for this quarantine is very sound, said Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of Health Services.
There is an accelerated and widespread outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in the New York area and requesting people to self-quarantine from those areas is the proper response, he said.
“This is really just an extension of principles and practices that have been in place to combat the spread of Covid-19,” Dr. Hellerstedt said.
Gov. Abbott also updated everyone on the progress of the state’s efforts to combat Covid-19 by increasing testing…