TXTRADES – Texas travel Restrictions to be Raised Due to Ebola Pandemic article TEXAS – Texas Travel Restrictions To Be Raised Following Ebola Outbreak article TARCO, Texas – Texas is set to increase restrictions on travelers coming to Texas in response to the spread of Ebola.
The travel restrictions were first announced by Gov.
Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday and will be lifted after the state officially declared a state of emergency.
“Effective immediately, the Texas Department of Public Safety will no longer allow travel to Texas by passengers arriving from states that have declared a State of Emergency, as of July 25, 2017,” the governor’s office said in a release on Wednesday.
“The Department of Transportation will continue to enforce existing state-imposed restrictions, but these restrictions will not apply to travelers who have already traveled through Texas or to any person coming from these states, except for those arriving from designated designated Centers of Transmission.”
“The restrictions are designed to ensure that Texas does not become a staging area for the spread and acquisition of Ebola, and that the public health response is effective,” the release said.
“The governor’s action will provide additional security for Texans and Texans in other states, and will allow us to provide a better solution for Texans who are affected by the Ebola virus,” the statement said.
The governor said Wednesday that the state is “continuing to evaluate” other options for protecting Texans, including using drones to detect Ebola outbreaks and use them in response.
Texas has been one of the top states in terms of the number of Ebola cases, with more than 17,000 people infected.
The governor has said he will make a decision about using drones within 24 hours of Abbott’s announcement, and has pledged to provide the states with “the tools necessary to execute the plan.”
Texas has become the most densely populated state in the nation with more Ebola cases than the rest of the country.