Thursday, March 26, 2020


Some states are banning or restricting incoming travelers. Florida is doing it selectively.
Florida has a message for New Yorkers: Please don’t visit. And if you do, prepare to sit in quarantine or risk jail. Hawaii, which also thrives on tourism, is asking visitors to stay away for a month. And Alaska is requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering from, as Alaskans put it, Outside....

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, signed an executive order requiring a 14-day quarantine of anyone who had arrived from the New York region over the past three weeks. All new arrivals will have to report names of people they have contact with to public health officials so they can trace those people as well, he said.

“Maybe they haven’t even shown symptoms, but they could be infected,” Mr. DeSantis said. “After all the hard work, we don’t want it to now get seeded as people flee the hot zone.”
I understand the restrictions in Alaska and Hawaii more than I understand what DeSantis is doing in Florida. Restrict New Yorkers? Sure -- New York is a hot zone. But I'm looking at the arrivals board at Miami International Airport and I see that a red-eye from Seattle arrived just before five this morning. Washington State was the first covid-19 hot spot in America; King County, which includes Seattle and Tacoma, has now had 1,359 positive test results and 100 deaths.

I see two flights coming in to Miami this morning from New Orleans. That city is a hot spot now -- 1,795 cases, 65 deaths.

Atlanta's hospitals are at capacity because of the coronavirus, but I see six flights coming in from there.

Apparently, if you arrive in Miami from any of these cities, the governor of Florida assumes you're fine. There are no restrictions on your movement.

New York is bad, but it's not the only danger zone. What DeSantis is doing is a half measure.

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