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Abbott orders 14-day quarantine for travelers from New York, New Orleans

Friday, March 27, 2020 by Tai Moses

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order mandating a 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Texas from any airport in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans. At a press conference yesterday, Abbott said, “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. 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.” The order will be enforced by Texas Department of Public Safety agents, who will “conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance. Failure to comply with this order is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both.” Read the full text of the order below.

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