Texas lifted air travel restrictions that require travelers from several regions of the country – including New York, California and Chicago – to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival, with Governor Greg Abbott signing an executive order Thursday which immediately ends the restrictions, which have been around since March.
MARANA, ARIZONA – 16 MAY: American Airlines commercial aircraft that were deactivated and suspended were … [+] seen stored at Pinal Airpark on May 16, 2020 in Marana, Arizona. Pinal Airpark is the largest commercial aircraft storage facility in the world, currently accommodating an increasing number of aircraft in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
Air travelers from California, Connecticut, New York states, New Jersey, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Washington state can now fly to Texas without worrying about having to undertake independent quarantine.
The restriction on order withdrawal is part of the “governor’s strategic plan for the Texas Open,” with Abbott recently announcing plans to move Texas to Phase 2 reopening.
Bars will be reopened starting Friday, with restaurant services also expanding to 50% capacity, Abbott said at a press conference on Monday.
Earlier this month, Texas moved to ease restrictions on road trips from Louisiana, with anyone traveling from a state previously quarantined to 14 days.
Abbott has shown a desire to reopen the Texas economy, with the state entering Phase 1 in early May and with Phase 2 taking effect on Friday.
However, the move to reduce travel restrictions is not unique in Texas, with restrictions that are gradually starting to subside around the world, or at least with plans announced to do so.
Italy says it plans to open the border June 3, with Greece setting a July 1 opening date. The German Airport Association has published a list of guidelines because the country is trying to improve air travel.
And in the U.S., all 50 states now have at least a few coronavirus restrictions.
90% – Reported number of people flying decreased compared to this month last year.
Coronavirus cases have recently risen rapidly in Texas, which shows the highest number of daily new cases this month. But Abbott said the figures were the result of increased testing.
The governor said he was concerned about the deployment at a meat packaging plant near Amarillo, as well as the capacity of hospitals in El Paso that had become “too close for comfort.”
For this reason, five districts – El Paso, as well as Randall, Potter, Moore and Deaf Smith in the Amarillo area, will not be allowed to move to Phase 2 until May 29.
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