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DeSantis office explains checkpoints at northern border

By Staff | Apr 14, 2020

As of April 10, more than 4,200 traveler forms have been collected at the I-10 and I-95 checkpoints from out-of-state residents driving into Florida from the Alabama and Georgia borders since Gov. Ron DeSantis established the borders to keep track of those traveling into Florida by highway.

The Florida Department of Transportation is leading the coordination of the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Highway Patrol to continue implementing the executive order issued by DeSantis last month which targets those entering Florida from states with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Those states include New York, Louisiana, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The checkpoints have been set up near the northern borders of Alabama and Georgia. No checkpoints within the state impede commerce or the timely delivery of products across Florida, according to the communications office of DeSantis.

Those who are stopped will be required to isolate for a period of 14 days upon entry to Florida or for the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter. Additional monitoring could be forthcoming by the Department of Heath to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The executive orders don’t apply to persons performing military, emergency, health or infrastructure response, or persons involved in any commercial activity, including individuals that live in Georgia and commute to work in Florida. Upon entry in Florida, each arriving traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete a traveler form. The form requires key information, including each traveler’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law. Additionally, travelers will be provided with a traveler card, which has contact information and guidance in the event the traveler exhibits symptoms while in isolation that are attributed to COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

The checkpoints are active 24 hours a day. The Florida Highway Patrol will staff the checkpoint at I-10 at the Alabama/Florida line, 24 hours a day with approximately 16 troopers in 12-hour shifts. Motorists are being directed by law enforcement to enter the weigh station. DeSantis explained the actions as a logical follow-up to actions being taken at airports in the state to order those arriving from state to self-quarantine for 14 days.