What You Need to Know If You’re Traveling Into or out of South Florida
With many of Florida’s coronavirus restrictions slowly being lifted, you may be wondering about travel into and out of the state. So far, many of the limitations and recommendations on travel remain unchanged. Here’s what you need to know.
New Yorkers traveling into Florida are instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, including those who have arrived in Florida within the past 14 days. Violators could face second-degree misdemeanor charges and up to 60 days in prison or a $500 fine.
Gov. DeSantis announced on Friday that anyone traveling to Florida from Louisiana needs to immediately self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The restrictions are an extension of the order that applies to New Yorkers.
The governor also said he has authorized the use of checkpoints on major highways in north Florida to enforce the order, though he didn’t specify details. Louisiana does not share a border with Florida.
This Executive Order does not apply to individuals employed by airlines or those performing military, emergency, or health responses.
All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
Keep in mind that the CDC still recommends you avoid traveling as much as possible and practice social distancing especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don’t travel if you are sick or travel with someone who is sick.
Essential Travel (outside your local area)
Some travel may also be essential, like:
- Travel to provide medical or home care to others
- Travel necessary for a job considered an essential service
The following travel recommendations provide advice about how to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 if you must travel. Don’t travel if you are sick or plan to travel with someone who is sick.
Considerations if You Must Travel
CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, there are several things you should consider before you go.
Protect yourself and others during your trip:
Clean your hands often.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with others.
Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
Avoiding close contact is especially important if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
Cover coughs and sneezes.
Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores. Do not dine in restaurants if that is prohibited by state or local guidance.
Anticipate your needs before you go:
Prepare food and water for the road. Pack non-perishables in case restaurants and stores are closed.
Bring any medicines you may need for the duration of your trip.
Pack a sufficient amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it in a place that is readily available.
Book accommodations in advance if you must stay somewhere overnight.
Plan to make as few stops as possible, but make sure you rest when you feel drowsy or sleepy.
Bring an EPA-registered disinfectant and other personal cleaning supplies.