Learn more about the arguments in the debate over travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic

Discussions about policy responses to the coronavirus are happening at a fast pace. As part of our ongoing coverage Documenting America’s Path to Recovery, Ballotpedia has published a series of articles capturing the regular themes in support of and opposition to these policy responses.

Here’s how it works. First, we identify a topic area, (such as mask requirements or testing). Next, we gather and curate articles and commentary from public officials, think tanks, journalists, scientists, economists, and others. Finally, we organize that commentary into broad, thematic summaries of the arguments put forth.

We’ve identified the following arguments as some of those in favor of travel restrictions:

  • Travel restrictions prevent the spread of the virus,
  • Travel restrictions promote a state’s safety image,
  • Travel restrictions are constitutional, and
  • Travel restrictions protect tourism workers.

We’ve identified the following arguments as some of those against travel restrictions:

  • Travel restrictions are unfair to tourism businesses,
  • Travel restrictions are difficult to enforce,
  • Travel restrictions are ineffective, and
  • Travel restrictions damage local economies.

To read more about these issues, click the links below.