Texas ends travel restrictions from Louisiana

Texas ends travel restrictions from Louisiana
A Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper waits to check motorists at a checkpoint in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border, Monday, April 6, 2020. The troopers are checking motorists crossing the border between Louisiana and Texas on I-10 to determine if they need to self-quarantine for 14 days to comply with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Source: David J. Phillip)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order for travelers entering Texas on roadways or by air from Louisiana was lifted Friday, May 1.

The previous order required travelers from Louisiana to tell state troopers where they would quarantine for 14 days once they arrived in Texas.

They could not leave that location unless it was for medical reasons and could not have visitors other than healthcare providers.

Texas officials made unannounced visits to make sure the quarantined person followed the rules.

Those who do not follow the rules were subject to a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Texas troopers set up screening stations along the Texas/Louisiana border on April 5. Those screening stations have been closed.

The mandated 14-day self-quarantine for air travelers entering Texas from the following areas remains in place: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida.

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