Texas institutes roadway screenings, 14 day quarantine for travelers from Louisiana

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a new Executive Order mandating roadway screenings for anyone traveling from Louisiana into Texas, with a 14-day quarantine (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).

Every person who enters the State of Texas through roadways from Louisiana, or from any other state as may be proclaimed hereafter, shall be subject to mandatory self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Texas or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. This order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Each person covered by this order to self-quarantine shall be responsible for all associated costs, including transportation, lodging, food, and medical care.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shall enforce this executive order along the Texas-Louisiana border. Using a form to be prescribed by DPS, each covered person shall designate a quarantine location in Texas, such as a residence or a hotel, and provide a full name, date of birth, home address, telephone number, and driver license or passport information. DPS Troopers, or other approved peace officers, will collect a completed form from a covered person and verify it against the person’s driver license or passport. Providing false information on this form is a criminal offense under Section 37.10 of the Texas Penal Code. Questions about this form should be directed to DPS by calling (800) 525-5555.

A covered person shall proceed directly to the designated quarantine location entered on the DPS form. Any covered person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 shall be escorted to the designated quarantine location by a DPS Trooper.

A covered person shall remain in the designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter, leaving only to seek medical care or to depart from Texas. During that period, a covered person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a health department employee, physician, or health care provider, and shall not visit any public spaces.

DPS Special Agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance by confirming the physical presence of covered persons. Any failure to comply with this order to self-quarantine shall be a criminal offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both.


14 thoughts on “Texas institutes roadway screenings, 14 day quarantine for travelers from Louisiana

  1. Wow…Why are Louisiana residents being singled out? What happens if you violate this order? I was afraid of this sort of thing happening. If this stays in place, how long will it be before other states do the same? How can anybody possibly enforce any such order without military involvement? How long before martial law is declared?

  2. Unless it relates to work or family emergencies I think Texas has the right idea. Having once lived there a number of years I believe they will do the right thing. Maybe we should have done the same separating N and S Louisiana. Hmmm?

  3. Is this constitutional, I’m don’t think it is? How can a state prohibit travel on a federal road?

  4. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of Louisiana residents dead from the COVID-19 disease jumped significantly higher Monday, in one of the state’s largest spikes in the death toll since recording its first coronavirus case in early March.

    Louisiana’s health department reported that 185 residents have died from the disease caused by the virus, an increase of 34 in the death toll from a day earlier. Gov. John Bel Edwards has said Louisiana has the second-highest COVID-19 death rate per capita among states, and he’s warned the New Orleans region is running low on ventilators the hardest-hit patients need.

    Two-thirds of the people who have died lived in New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish, according to the figures.

    More than 4,000 people statewide are confirmed to have the virus, according to the health department data, which shows people have tested positive in all but five rural parishes. But Edwards said public health officials believe the virus is present in every one of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.

    SO WHAT’S THE NUMBER OF DEATHS BEFORE PEOPLE START DOING WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE TELLING YOU TO DO?

    • Sad thing is, New Orleans and Baton Rouge hospitals are quickly running out of ventilators. People are desperately calling suppliers out of state and the federal government to get more. There are simply not going to be enough for everyone, and some people are going to die because of it. Maybe since our state is one the top 4 with numbers of sick people (I think the others are New York, New Jersey, and Michigan), other states with very few sick people and little spread of the virus can come to our aid. How many sick people are there in a state like Montana where people are spread out over a large area and there aren’t a lot of large cities?

  5. Texas doesn’t want it to spread like the idiots here in Louisiana are spreading it. Don’t blame them a bit!

  6. This doesn’t seem legal. I wonder if this applies to oilfield workers that travel from Louisiana to Texas.

  7. Its got to be mostly a bluff, they cannot do it with out declaring Marshal Law and National
    Guard checkpoints. I don’t even think they can use State troopers.

  8. Has anyone been on I20? Is there a checkpoint? What is the traffic situation like? Does Texas have enough Deputies to visit every person who is self-quarantined? How does all this work?

    • That’s my question. Even if they catch everybody coming into Texas from Louisiana, who’s going to make sure the folks staying in Texas motels for 14 days don’t get out and wander and town? It makes more sense to make people who have no legitimate reason to enter Texas turn around and go home. Making them self-quarantine in their state seems to defeat the purpose.

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