Daily feature: Travel restrictions
Every Friday, we take a closer look at the restrictions governors and state agencies have placed on interstate travelers, including a recap of the week’s travel-related news. To see our full coverage of travel restrictions enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, click here.
To date, 25 states issued at least one executive order restricting interstate travel. Of the 25 executive orders governors or state agencies issued restricting out-of-state visitors, at least 14 have been rescinded. Eleven states have active travel restrictions.
- On Oct. 28, Govs. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) and Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) announced that Massachusetts had been added to the quarantine list. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) urged New Yorkers to limit non-essential travel to Massachusetts and other neighboring states.
- On Oct. 27, Gov. David Ige (D) added Japan to the state’s pre-travel testing program, which allows travelers to the state to present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival and avoid the 14-day self-quarantine requirement. The tests need to have been taken within 72 hours before travelers arrive on the islands.
In this section, we feature examples of other federal, state, and local government activity, private industry responses, and lawsuits related to the pandemic.
- On Oct. 26, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) filed suit in the 19th Judicial District Court, challenging a Louisiana House of Representative petition. The petition would terminate the governor’s public health emergency proclamation and end Covid-19 restrictions in the state, including business occupancy limits, a statewide mask mandate, and guidelines for churches and schools. Sixty-five of the House’s 73 Republican members have signed the petition. Under state law, a majority of members in either legislative chamber may sign a petition to unilaterally revoke an emergency declaration. After issuing the petition, the House of Representatives released a statement: “The House has exhausted every available legislative remedy and has been left with no other option but to exercise its legislative right to terminate the governor’s emergency order.” Edwards alleges the petition is “an unconstitutional attempt by the members of one house of the Legislature—without bicameral action or presentment to the Governor—to unilaterally prohibit him from exercising his constitutional and statutory authority.” Edwards says the House has “caused and will continue to cause confusion in the State of Louisiana regarding the enforceability of the Governor’s proclamation.” The governor has asked the court to “declare the Petition null, void and unenforceable.”