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Governor Abbott Increases Travel Restrictions From High Infection Destinations And Expands On Previous Order

Matt Briscoe

(Southside Light News)-- Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference on Sunday introduced further out of state travel restrictions and signed an order preventing the release of dangerous felons from correctional facilities in the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott says, “We are expanding the executive order (on self quarantine) for passengers flying into Texas to include (departures from) Miami, Fl., Atlanta, GA., Detroit MI., Chicago IL., as well as any air travel from the state of California and Washington state."

Abbott said that his prior executive order only covered air travel from New Orleans into Texas.  Now, he says that this updated order also includes travel by road from any location in Louisiana. Abbott said that the order  will be enforced by the Texas DPS, at and near entry points from Louisiana.

"Everyone stopped by the Texas Department of Public Safety will follow the very same self quarantine procedures in the pre-existing (air travel) order," Gov.  Greg Abbott says.

 “We are expanding the executive order (on self quarantine) for passengers flying into Texas to include (departures from) Miami, Fl., Atlanta, GA., Detroit MI., Chicago IL., as well as any air travel from the state of California and Washington state," Gov. Abbott continued.

Gov. Greg Abbott also announced another executive order, which stops the release of dangerous felons from prisons and jails in Texas because of COVID-19. 

Additionally, Governor Abbott announced that the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas will be set up to expand healthcare facilities for people with COVID-19.  Abbott says the Army Corps of Engineers will be looking for similar facilities in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and the Rio Grande Valley.


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