Florida Sets Checkpoints for New Yorkers Fleeing Coronavirus Pandemic

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Florida Begins COVID-19 Checkpoints, Threatens Jailing Out-of-State Travelers not Quarantining

Florida, falling short of statewide lockdown, started screening travelers from New York City and Louisiana at airports and highway roadblocks. The travelers were threatened with a 60-day jail term if they refused to self-quarantine. This came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida rose up to more than 4,200.

Gov. Ron Desantis did not issue a statewide stay-at-home order, similar to that enforced in about 22 other states, including New York, California and Illinois.

As of Sunday, more than 4,200 coronavirus cases and at least 56 deaths had been reported in Florida. According to a local news source, the number of infections doubled every three days in the state.

Desantis identified both New York and Louisiana as hot spots for community spread of the pandemic. He ordered in a press conference Saturday a 14-day halt on all vacation rentals in Florida.

The governor ordered checkpoints to be set in place for traffic from Louisiana entering into the state on Interstate 10 and on Interstate 95, the route which most people from the New York City area drive down south.

People would need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Florida or risk having a jail time of 60 days.