We’ve had quarantines on people traveling from one state to another, for instance traveling into Alaska or Hawaii or New Yorkers traveling to Florida, Texas, and Rhode Island.
Texas isn’t requiring quarantine of everyone traveling into the state. However a new executive order from the Governor has expanded the quarantine order for airport arrivals and imposed its first quarantine order for drivers as well.
- The requirement of a 14 day quarantine now applies to passengers arriving by air from 5 states: New York, Connecticut; California; Washington State
- It also requires passengers arriving by air from 5 cities to quarantine: New Orleans, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago
- And anyone traveling to Texas by road from Louisiana is subject to quarantine as well.
Commercial traffic, emergency, military, and medical personnel are exempt from the order. Texas state troops will deploy to entry points’ into the state. We’re going to build a metaphorical wall, and hope the CARES Act pays for it.
This is being reported as making it illegal to drive from Louisiana into Texas but that’s not accurate, doing so just comes with a quarantine order.
Driving from Louisiana through other states to Texas comes with no such order, though as in Rhode Island state troopers might start pulling over license plates. Flying into Texas from a state on the quarantine list via a connecting city like Charlotte or Phoenix similarly skirts the new rule.
The Dallas Convention Center is being set up as a makeshift hospital and ‘dangerous felons’ will not be allowed release from prison though it’s not clear how this limits the spread of COVID-19.