Florida Installs Road Blocks to Monitor Those Fleeing Louisiana Virus Hotspots
Is this going to be the new norm?
As our nation begins to prepare for the peak of this coronavirus pandemic to hit us, some Americans are beginning to act a bit foolish and selfishly.
In the northeast, frayed nerves have led to a steady stream of refugees from New York City depositing themselves in the smaller communities around them, often choosing summer tourism hotspots and secluded small towns. Locals have grown frustrated with the influx of foreigners, and have begun demanding that rental agencies such as VRBO and AirBnB suspend this pandemic rental nightmare at once.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is going a step further.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is requiring travelers from Louisiana to self-isolate for 14 days and said the Florida Highway Patrol will install checkpoints on major roads to screen travelers from that area, he announced on Friday.
DeSantis is imposing restrictions on travelers fleeing to Florida from Louisiana — particularly New Orleans, which is emerging as one of the hotspots of the coronavirus outbreak.
“New Orleans is having a lot of problems — they may not be quite as widespread as New York City. There was a concern from the Panhandle that this could impact them,” DeSantis said during a press conference on Friday.
“They are working hard to keep their rates low and we don’t want to add any problems to them,” he added.
Enforcement would be simple.
The Florida Highway Patrol will install checkpoints on the major roads along the Alabama-Florida state line and screen drivers from Louisiana, with the exception of those driving commercial vehicles.
“There’ll probably be a diversion for folks with certain license plates,” DeSantis said.
New Orleans became a virus hot spot after Mardi Gras’ massive outdoor celebration brought thousands upon thousands of people within inches of one another for several days straight.
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