Travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the city of New Orleans will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before entering state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that at a news conference Thursday.
Abbott explained that the order, which applies only to those who arrive in Texas by plane, will be enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Travelers from the designated areas will be asked to provide officials with a quarantine location, the governor explained.
DPS will conduct visits to the designated quarantine locations to verify compliance, Abbott said.
People affected by the order cannot have any visitors besides health care providers and they may not visit public spaces, Abbott said.
Failure to comply will be considered a criminal offense punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail, or both, Abbott said.