Rhode Island’s National Guard and state police are stopping motorists with New York license plates and going door-to-door to find people who may have traveled recently from the state.
The enforcement actions come after Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered that anyone who has moved from New York state to Rhode Island in the past two weeks must self-quarantine for 14 days, part of her state’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Troops from the National Guard have been posted at train stations and bus depots to inform New Yorkers of the order, and on Saturday they began going door-to-door to tell any recent travelers from New York that they must follow the quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus. State police began stopping cars with New York plates on Friday.
Florida probably wishes it had done this last week.
President Donald Trump said he’s considering an enforced quarantine for parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to curb the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.
Trump told reporters he’d spoken with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida Governor Ron Desantis Saturday morning before departing the White House to send off a Navy hospital ship bound for New York City from Norfolk, Virginia.
The president said “some people” would like him to impose a quarantine on the region, which accounts for more than half the U.S. infections. “It will be for a short period of time if we do it at all,” he said.
Trump followed his comments with a tweet, saying “a decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.”
If you’re going to do it, sooner is better than later. Later will have all the same bad effects, but not the good ones.