Texas Orders Travelers From Louisiana to Self-Quarantine
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.
RI National Guard Goes Door-to-Door Looking for New Yorkers
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
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