Texas Governor expands quarantine order to include travel by road to Texas from Louisiana

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at a press conference on May 3, 2019 at the Texas Capitol. (Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD)– Texas Governor Greg Abbott expanded his previous quarantine order to include travel by road from anywhere in the state of Louisiana.

The original order, issued on Thursday, mandated that only people traveling to Texas by air from specific areas where the outbreak of COVID-19 was more widespread, such as New Orleans and the New York tri-state area, enter into a 14-day self quarantine.

Abbott released the following statement during his Sunday press conference:

“My prior executive order about travel from New Orleans covered air travel from New Orleans into the state of Texas. Now, I am updating that executive order to also include travel by road. Travel by road from any location in the state of Louisiana. Importantly, this executive order does not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure functions. This order will be enforced like the order that I issued previously about travel from New Orleans. It will be enforced by the Department of Public Safety at and near entry points from Louisiana.”

Those who do not follow the guidelines of the order will be subject to a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Gov. Abbot’s order prevented all travel to Texas from Louisiana.

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