AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas is joining other states in imposing quarantines on travelers form the New York area, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that airline travelers from whom Texas is the final destination from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, La., must self-quarantine from 14 days or the duration of the visit, whichever is shorter.
They’re won’t be allowed to visit any public spaces, during that time.
“This executive order is another important measure we are taking to protect the health and safety of Texans, and we will continue to take any action necessary to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 in our state,” Abbott said.
Travelers who fail to comply with the order could be cited for class C misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of as much as $1,000 or as long as 180 days in jail.
The order does not apply to those traveling in connection with military service, emergency response health response or critical infrastructure functions.
New Orleans is becoming a major center of COVID-19 worries as the number of cases surpassed 2,300 and deaths climbed to 86.
Governors in Florida and Maryland announced similar restrictions this week pertaining to New York.