In March, Governor Abbott asked travelers to Louisiana to quarantine themselves. Now, at least one legislator is considering doing the same in Texas.
BEAUMONT, Texas – The table could turn on Texas.
Louisiana state senator Troy Carter of Louisiana suggests that Louisiana closes its border to the Texans.
In an interview with 12News WWL-TV’s sister station in New Orleans, Carter said that Louisiana should follow other states that have restricted travelers from Texas.
“If we know there is a hot spot, it would be irresponsible of us not to have some control over this flow to ensure at the very least that we test people who arrive,” Carter said on Friday.
There is currently no law prohibiting such a travel ban on Texans. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has no plans to ban travel at the moment, his press service said. 12News Sunday.
In March, Texas Governor Greg Abbott imposed travel restrictions on people entering the state from Louisiana. Travelers from Louisiana to Texas had to register with the Orange Co. Welcome Center and self-quarantine for 14 days.
At the time, Louisiana was one of the states hardest hit by the virus. Before signing the decree on motorists entering the state of Louisiana, Governor Abbott imposed restrictions on those who travel to Texas from New Orleans, a hotbed of the virus. Similar restrictions have also been placed on travelers from New York, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago. These orders have since been lifted.
Texas has experienced a summer wave of the potentially deadly virus. For 17 consecutive days, the state saw new hospital records. On June 27, there were 5,523 Texans in the hospital with coronavirus. It was the second consecutive day that the state saw 5,000 people hospitalized.
The state also reported 5,747 new cases of the virus – June 27 marked the fifth consecutive day with more than 5,000 cases reported.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have imposed travel restrictions on visitors to Texas.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, all Democrats, held a joint press conference on June 24 to announce the policy, which will affect nine states whose rates of infection have reached thresholds indicating “Significant community spread”, including Texas, Arizona and Florida
“We have to do things within the four walls of our respective states,” Murphy told reporters.
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MARCH 2020 REPORT ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN LOUISIANA: