Texas DPS begins COVID-19 checkpoints at Louisiana border
The Texas Department of Public Safety is starting checkpoints and screening of vehicles on roadways entering Texas from Louisiana, beginning on Sunday, April 5.
The screening is due to COVID-19.
The closures come as Texas DPS announced it would step up patrols along the Texas/Louisiana border, instituting a number of roadway screening stations on interstate highways and other routes commonly used by drivers.
The order follows Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order earlier in the week, requiring those traveling from Louisiana by plane or on the ground to quarantine for 14 days before they can enter into public spaces in Texas.
The executive order also restricts travelers into Texas from Louisiana by road and will be enforced like the previous order by the Department of Public Safety, Abbott announced.
As punishment for violating these quarantine rules, a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail will be handed down. However, the requirements do not apply to travel related to commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, and critical infrastructure functions.
A Texas Highway Patrol spokesperson released the following statement: