State ends I-10 COVID-19 checkpoint

News Service of Florida

Motorists traveling from Alabama into Florida on I-10 will no longer face being stopped for COVID-19 checks.

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday that a checkpoint east of the Florida-Alabama border is being deactivated as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis starting the second phase of a COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

A similar checkpoint on Interstate 95 north of Jacksonville remains in place.

The checkpoints were set up in late March as part of an effort to get travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana to self-isolate upon arriving in Florida. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana were targeted because they were hotspots for the virus.

At the checkpoints, motorists from the four states have been required to complete forms that include contact information and trip details. The state has collected nearly 28,000 traveler forms at the I-10 checkpoint, the Department of Transportation said Friday.

More than 31,300 forms had been collected at the I-95 checkpoint as of Friday morning. Cards have also been handed out with information about what people should do if they exhibit fever, cough or shortness-of-breath symptoms attributed to COVID-19 while in isolation.

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