FL Gov.: Quarantine order expands to Louisiana, road checkpoints in place

Gov. Ron DeSantis press conference key points:
  • No new vacation rentals for two weeks
  • Travelers from Louisiana must self-isolate for 14 days
  • Road checkpoints will be set up coming into the state
  • SNAP food stamp benefits to be expanded 

In a press conference Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced those coming to the state from Louisiana will have to self-isolate in an effort to combat COVID-19 spread. 

This is an expansion of a similar order issued for all travelers coming to the state from New York and New Jersey (where confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in the tens of thousands). DeSantis said any travelers from those hot spots would be screened, temperature checked and order to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Violating the order is a criminal offense, and DeSantis said more than 3,400 travelers have already been screened and isolated. He said flights and number of passengers from those areas have reduced.  

DeSantis said he moved to add Louisiana to the list because of concerns for the panhandle. 

“There is a fear that as New Orleans becomes more of a hot spot you could have an influx of people from Louisiana into the panhandle,” he said.

The governor also announced state and local law enforcement will be setting up checkpoints for drivers on roads entering the state. He said those with certain licenses plates would be diverted for screening and told of the isolation requirements. 

These changes will not apply to commercial transportation, such as trucks carrying needed supplies. 

DeSantis said he will also be suspending all new vacation rentals in the state for two weeks to curb potential spread from infected visitors. 

He also signed a letter directing the Department of Children and Families to coordinate expanding all SNAP benefits (food stamps) for families to the max allowed. This would mean $449 a month for a family of four. 

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