Rhode Island Restricts Travel to New York

Mish

If you travel to New York you are under a 14-day Rhode Island quarantine when you enter Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Governor Fearful of New York

Go to New York for any reason then back to Rhode Island and you are subject to a 14-Day Quarantine.

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday she is "mandating, not suggesting," a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone traveling to her state from New York in the latest clampdown on domestic travel amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The executive order -- effective immediately -- also applies to anyone who has traveled to New York in the last 14 days.

"This is unusual," Raimondo said of the plan to execute the mandate. "This is radical."

Her order reflects a growing concern among state leaders across the country about travelers coming from New York, where the outbreak has surged.

The governor said she plans to station members of the National Guard at bus terminals and train stations and will require anyone arriving from New York to check in and give the guardsmen and women their contact information. State police have been instructed to flag down cars with New York state license plates as they come into Rhode Island.

Radical Solution

Using the National Guard to enforce travel restrictions on a neighboring state was unheard of until today.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (21)
No. 1-10
Tengen
Tengen

My ex-wife is from RI and every time we drove into the state to visit family we used a rental car, I think they usually had MA plates.

That's probably the easiest way to bypass this, just rent for a few days if you have to go for some reason. If it's difficult to get non-NY plates in NY, just rent in CT instead.

rob_abides
rob_abides

But everything is fine, amirite?

Modrich
Modrich

If you do one thing today watch what Birx said today admitting they were wrong. She also brought up that that master of doom Neil Fergusson has downgraded the amount of deaths for the UK from 500,000 to 20,000 because they guessed wrong. Boris Johnson changed his whole approach to Coronavirus because of that report from Fergusson. If you want proper and balanced comment on this corona virus scare mongering head over to Market Ticker and listen if you have the time to the last week or so podcasts. Karl Denninger has been saying what Birx admitted today all along.

Modrich
Modrich

When the truth comes out there will be an awful lot of angry unemployed people.

RayLopez
RayLopez

This story has an interesting legal slant. An early case involving the interstate commerce clause said states can't do this, that only the Federal government can close traffic between states, that "affects interstate commerce" This is well established law. In fact, the law is taken to such an extreme that even if you grow a crop only used in-state, and it affects, theoretically, the price out of state (which is 99.9% of the time always true), then the Fed can regulate the in-state crop (and does).

I predict this RI case will go to the Sup. Ct. and should, if the Sup. Ct. is consistent, be declared unconstitutional. But, I agree with the RI decision actually, from a health standpoint. It's just not legal. Trump needs to declare a national emergency and shut down the entire US for 3 weeks (I know, not going to happen).

Mish
Mish

Editor

Hello @Modrich

2/4 -This is not the case. Indeed, if anything, our latest estimates suggest that the virus is slightly more transmissible than we previously thought. Our lethality estimates remain unchanged.

daveyp
daveyp

Thank God there are some adults in the room. To compare Cuomo (Leader) vs Trump (cheerleader) press conferences is chalk vs cheese.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

There is nothing stopping someone from Massachusetts visiting NY and then driving to RI. The law is discriminatory, yet impractically enforcible.

MATHGAME
MATHGAME

Maybe the Commandant-in-Chief could be convinced to start ordering drone strikes based on any license plate from out of state.

Herkie
Herkie

Involving the use of the "militia" which we now call the National Guard WITHOUT a declaration of an emergency that would require the use of guardsmen such as the state being attacked is flat out unconstitutional. Let's say you live in Milford Pennsylvania where NY, NJ, and PA all meet and you need to go to Newport, some 224 miles, there is no way to go by land from PA to RI without going through NY and all of CT as well, but, you would pass through NY at 70 without stopping. This mandatory VOLUNTARY self quarantine would apply to you just as well.

It is crazy and unconstitutional. I leave Sunday for a 3,009 mile drive from my old house in Oregon to me new house in Florida. I will have to cross 9 state lines. If they all start pulling this crap or worse one upping each other there is no way I can do it. At that point I would have to agree with Trump and GOD that makes me sick, but this level of fear and panic is just too far. People like this governor are far more concerned with LOOKING like they are acting to protect people for their own good without actually inconveniencing their own people who might vote for someone else if they get pissed off.

And I know the profile, she MUST call herself a "progressive." She is exactly like the governor here in Oregon. And a major part of why I am leaving in spite of the fact that I really am a democrat. Progressives are not democrats. They are garbage.


Global Economics

FEATURED
COMMUNITY