Governor: Mandatory quarantine for New York, New Jersey visitors

Passengers of incoming flights from New York and New Jersey to Florida will be required to quarantine for 14 days according Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

The governor announced the executive order March 23 during a press conference. He said there are more than 190 direct flights planned to Florida from these two states, both of which have some of the highest levels of COVID-19 infection in the country. New York currently has more than 20,000 cases of the disease. 

“I reckon every single flight has someone infected on it,” DeSantis said. 

He said efforts within the state to fight the spread of the disease can be thwarted by incoming travelers with the illness. 

Under the order, passengers of arriving flights will be screened by officials. DeSantis said they will take down arriving individuals information and do temperature checks. The individuals will then be ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Vehicle travelers from the state will not be included in the order.  

DeSantis specified that staying with family does not constitute a self-quarantine as many cases of transmission of COVID-19 have been family member to family member.  

“It is actually a criminal offense if you violate the quarantine orders,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also reiterated he will not be issuing a shelter-in-place order for the state because he said citizens are unlikely to follow it.   

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