Texas governor orders self-quarantine for anyone traveling into state from La.
AUSTIN, Tx. - Texas Governor Greg Abbott expanded an executive order Sunday that requires people traveling into Texas by road from Louisiana to self-quarantine.
Previously, Texas was requiring anyone flying in from New Orleans to be quarantined for 14 days while they stay in Texas.
Sunday, the order was expanded to include anyone traveling from anywhere in Louisiana into Texas.
KTRK TV in Houston reported more on the new order here.
Gov. Abbott said: "My prior executive order about travel from New Orleans covered air travel from New Orleans into the state of Texas. Now, I am updating that executive order to also include travel by road. Travel by road from any location in the state of Louisiana. Importantly, this executive order does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions. This order will be enforced like the order that I issued previously about travel from New Orleans. It will be enforced by the Department of Public Safety at and near entry points from Louisiana."
The flight order also included New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The quarantine will be executed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
For people on airlines, Gov. Abbott said that individuals flying from these specific destinations will have to fill out a form by the Texas Department of Public Safety that will designate where the individual will quarantine.
DPS troopers will visit the individuals to verify that they are following the executive order. Anyone who does not comply with this order will be subject up to a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.
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