DALLAS (NBC 5) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday mandating quarantine for anyone traveling to Texas from both New Orleans and the New York Tri-State area.
Abbott said anyone arriving at an airport in Texas from either New York, Connecticut, New Jersey or New Orleans, Louisiana, must register with the Texas Department of Public Safety and immediately quarantine themselves at home or in a hotel for 14 days or until they leave the state, which ever occurs first.
"The State of Texas continues to act upon the recommendations of top state, federal, and local health experts as we implement a comprehensive strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. "The New York Tri-State Area and the City of New Orleans have become major centers of this pandemic, and it is vital that we take necessary precautions to prevent additional exposure that could originate from people traveling from these areas to Texas. 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 has charged the DPS with checking up on quarantined people affected by this order. If people are found to be in violation, they could face criminal charges including a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.