Texas governor restricts all travel to neighboring Louisiana

 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Sunday expanded travel restrictions to include all travel from the neighboring state of Louisiana amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Abbott’s new travel restrictions announced Sunday mandates a 14-day quarantine for all travelers arriving in Texas from any location in Louisiana. 

Abbott had previously required the mandatory self-quarantine for air travelers from the New York tri-state area as well as from the city of New Orleans. 

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Abbott expanded the mandatory self-quarantine order to include air travelers from new “hotspots” for the coronavirus, including California, Louisiana and Washington, as well as the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Miami. 

Abbott’s new orders also restrict travelers into Texas from Louisiana by road and will be enforced like the previous order by the Department of Public Safety, Abbott said at a press conference Sunday. 

Those stopped at entry points will follow the same 14-day self-quarantine procedures previously announced for the New York tri-state area and New Orleans. 

The travel restrictions do not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response or critical infrastructure functions. 

The order goes into effect Monday at noon. 

On Sunday, Abbott also barred the release of individuals in custody for or with a history of offenses involving physical violence or the threat of physical violence. 

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Abbott said officials want to “reduce and contain” COVID-19 in prisons for the benefit of the inmates and facility workers. 

“But releasing dangerous criminals from jail into the streets is not the right solution,” he added “And doing so is now prohibited by law by this declaration.”