Texas DPS Will Stop Road Travelers From Louisiana to Enforce 14-Day Mandatory Quarantine
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Texas expanded its quarantine requirement for travelers coming outside of the state.
This is part of recent efforts states have taken to stem the spread of the Wuhan virus.
Governor Greg Abbott singled out some of the pandemic’s hot spots and ordered air travelers from California, Washington state, and several other places to self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving in Texas. His executive order, which previously concentrated on New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and New Orleans, was also extended Sunday to all of Louisiana and Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. The new rules go into effect on Monday, March 30, 2020.
Abbott instructed state troopers to enforce the quarantine order for Louisiana motorists entering Texas, with authorities expected to gather information from drivers on where they would isolate themselves for 14 days. This is accompanied with unannounced visits to check on compliance and punish those who break this order with a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Texas is gradually emerging as a new center of the Wuhan Virus, with the Department of State Health Services revealing that more than 2,500 cases and 34 deaths have occurred as of Saturday night.
An unsavory policy indeed, such measures are massive prices to pay in a hyper-globalized economy.
Politicians will need to re-assess trade and migration policies that put public health in danger, and as a result, compel politicians to act and restrict civil liberties.