Travelers from New York area and New Orleans must quarantine

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Travelers coming to Texas by air from two of the nation's COVID-19 hotspots will be required to self-quarantine, state officials announced Thursday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the new executive order Thursday, citing the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and White House officials.

According to the order, anyone traveling to Texas by aircraft from New York and surrounding states (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), as well as New Orleans, Louisiana, must self-quarantine for either 14 days or however long they are in the state, whichever is shorter. They are not allowed to have visitors other than a healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces.

"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," Abbott said. "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."

Those entering Texas as their final destination from the designated areas will use a form from DPS to designate their quarantine location. DPS special agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance. Failure to comply with the order is considered a criminal offense that is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail, or both.