Texas Orders Travelers From Louisiana to Self-Quarantine


Add Texas to the list of states enforcing an embargo on neighboring states.

At long last Texas got religion on Covid-19.

Governor Greg Abbott ordered motorists from Louisiana to self-quarantine for two weeks. Drivers with commercial, medical, emergency response, military or critical infrastructure purposes are exempt from the order.

The order threaten violators a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail starting Noon March 20.

Here is the Covid-19 Executive Order

Ever person who enters the State of Texas through roadways from Louisiana, or from any other state as may be proclaimed hereafter, shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Each person covered by this order to self-quarantine shall be responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shall enforce this executive order along the Texas-Louisiana border. Using a form to be prescribed by DPS, each covered person shall designate a quarantine location in Texas, such as a residence or a hotel, and provide a full name, date of birth, home address, telephone number, and driver license or passport information. DPS Troopers, or other approved peace officers, will collect a completed form from a covered person and verify it against the person’s driver license or passport. Providing false information on this form is a criminal offense under Section 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code. Questions about this form should be directed to DPS by calling (800) 525-5555.

DPS Special Agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance by confirming the physical presence of covered persons. Any failure to comply with this order to self-quarantine shall be a criminal offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both.

​The above paragraphs are the key provisions.

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The Texas order is on the heels of Rhode Island doing the same thing.

For discussion, please see RI National Guard Goes Door-to-Door Looking for New Yorkers

Shutdown Through April

Also note Trump Worried About 2.2 Million Deaths, Extends Shutdown Through April.

Trump's extension is voluntary. It is up to states to decide what to do, but most states have already imposed some lockdowns. I suspect Florid will get hit hards as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis refused to close Florida beaches.

Now Florida is among the states worried about travelers from New York, quite a bit too late.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Lance Manly
Lance Manly

Florida is moving up on California, probably be over 10k by the end of the week. Yet the gov says it is all due to New Yorkers and foreigners. Nothing about being too late on spring break. This in a state that has the demographics of the Diamond Princess.
What a demagogue.


Sadly all of the Governors that moved late on shelter in place orders for political and economic reasons are gonna have the worst outbreaks. The other big issue is we gotta get everybody outfitted with masks ASAP! It would be a nice touch if the first lady helped co-ordinate some of the home-made mask efforts...


"...motorists from Louisiana..."

The Louisiana governor has been blaming Trump for her failure to shut down the Mardi Gras which ended February 25. As that was over a month ago, and before many in the US other than Mish readers were paying much attention, neither Trump nor the mayor should be faulted.

As I recently moved to Norman, OK and am closer to New Orleans than ever before, last December I looked into visiting N.O. during the Mardi Gras week. However, the cheapest motel I could find was $250 (at Motel 6). Instead, I decided to visit my Dad in a FL ALF on Mardi Gras week.

On the drive to FL, I found a convenient place to stop for the night - the very same Motel 6 off I-10 in N.O. had reduced the rate to $110. So I stopped there on Feb 24, the night before Shrove. Never having been to N.O. before, I typed 'Bourbon Street Beat' into my GPS navigator and started out about 9pm.

The place was packed. If held today, the Mardi Gras COVID-spread would have been much worse. I couldn't have parked if I wanted to, but wouldn't have anyway as I was mindful of COVID and, besides, I'm not into partying or crowds. Having seen it, I'll know not to bother with Mardi again, virus or not.

Do those N.O. people really stop parting during Lent?


Will be interesting to see a comparison of death rates state by state when this is over. It'll show who screwed up, and how bad.


Too late for Texas. There are major outbreaks going to happen in Houston and Dallas along with Chicago next.


Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up.
"We got a Pass. Ha-ha-ha".


I could not believe it Minnesota only implemented "stay at home? rules yesterday...I mean Manitoba has had a shut down for nearly three weeks...for those who don't know Manitoba is just north of Minnesota.

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