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Special to The News-Courier
AUSTIN—Governor Greg Abbott issued orders last week requiring travelers flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans, areas with confirmed coronavirus outbreaks. to self-quarantine.
Earlier, Abbott expanded the to include mandatory 14-day self-quarantines for anyone driving into the state from anywhere in Louisiana, and for people flying in from anywhere in California and Washington state, and the cities of Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago.
DPS is tasked with enforcing this order, which takes effect statewide at noon on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
DPS Troopers will be stationed at Texas airports to screen passengers traveling from the designated quarantine areas. Travelers who are subject to the self-quarantine are required to complete this form to provide DPS with identifying information, including their full name, date of birth, home address, driver license/passport information and quarantine location.
As part of the department’s efforts to ensure compliance, DPS Special Agents will conduct unannounced visits at the quarantine locations listed on the forms completed by travelers.
DPS anticipates wide compliance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order. However, it is important to note that under Texas Government Code § 418.173, failure to comply with these mandatory terms is a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, confinement in jail for up to 180 days, or both.