Texas to Lift Louisiana Travel Restrictions Friday
The State of Texas is lifting its travel restrictions aimed at helping to stem to the tide of the coronavirus in that state. Among those restrictions was an executive order that made travel from Louisiana to Texas fairly close to impossible as it called for quarantine for anyone, commercial vehicles excluded, who crossed the Texas border from Louisiana.
Beginning Friday those self-quarantine orders will be lifted and travel in between the two neighboring states can continue at its pre-pandemic pace. The order, when it takes effect on Friday, will also terminate any quarantines for those who had traveled from Louisiana to Texas already.
Here's how the order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott reads:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following on a statewide basis effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020: Executive Order GA-l2 is hereby rescinded and terminated in its entirety. Executive Order GA-il and the March 29, 2020 proclamation are hereby rescinded and terminated to the extent applicable to travelers from the City of New Orleans or the State of Louisiana. Any mandatory self-quarantine already in effect as a result of these executive orders, to the extent applicable to travelers from the City of New Orleans or the State of Louisiana, is terminated immediately as of the effective date of this executive order.
Just a side note, a lot of people in Louisiana, myself included, have been a little bent out of shape over this Texas mandate. Well, it turns out we weren't the only ones that Texas imposed the travel restrictions on. In fact, travelers from California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami will still be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they enter Texas.