"This is an emergency," said Gov. Gina Raimondo on Friday where she specified the 14-day quarantine to people traveling from New York to Rhode Island. "That’s a law. That’s an order. It comes with penalties. It’s not a suggestion."
The 14-day quarantine is part of guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Raimondo made the announcement at a press conference saying that the National Guard will seek out people who are believed to have traveled from the Big Apple to shore rental homes. The troops are expected to enforce the 14-day quarantine by collecting contact information from people entering the state from all modes of transportation.
The state police are going to monitor the highways by the Newport Bridge and will pull over cars with New York plates, said Raimondo. The officers will ask for the occupants of the vehicle for their contact information and order them into quarantine if they intend to stay.
Violators are subject to a fine at first and prison time on subsequent offenses.
Raimondo is not the only governor calling for targeted state residents to abide by the quarantine order.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, signed an executive order to mandate travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14-days once they arrive. He has since extended the order to include Louisiana as their number of coronavirus patients are rapidly increasing.
Fines and criminal charges are also a threat for violators of DeSantis' order.
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