Florida Removes Quarantine of Metro New York Travelers Coming to Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday dropped travel restrictions for people coming to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but Floridians heading to New York will still have a mandatory quarantine of two weeks.

DeSantis put in place the two-week self-quarantine on March 23. It was for anyone arriving by plane from the tri-state region. At the time, New York City was experiencing a surge in cases and deaths. Later checkpoints on highways coming into Florida where set up to inform travelers of the quarantine.

In the past two months, Florida has seen its own surge, with the state adding 7,650 coronavirus cases Thursday to push its total to 510,389. With 120 new virus fatalities reported Thursday, 7,747 Florida residents are now dead, still well below New York’s count of more than 32,000 deaths.

By comparison, New York reported 639 new cases and nine new deaths on Wednesday.

New York City has added check points at its bridges and tunnels to enforce the quarantine order. But the Mayor has stated that no more than 20 officers might be enforcing the checkpoints at any given time. The city sheriff said stops would be random, every six to eight cars. They will not specifically target cars with Florida or any other state’s tags.

“They [visitors] will be reminded that it is required, not optional,” Mayor De Blasio said on Wednesday. “This is serious stuff. If we’re going to hold at this level, the quarantine is going to have to be enforced.”

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