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States impose new restrictions on travelers from New York

The most dramatic steps taken are in Rhode Island. Drivers are being pulled over and the National Guard is at bus stations, train stations and airports
Credit: AP
Members of the 1207th Rhode Island National Guard wait for disembarking passengers at the Amtrak station in Westerly, R.I., Friday, March 27, 2020, to inform passengers from New York of the 14-day quarantine restrictions if disembarking in Rhode Island ordered by Gov. Gina Raimondo. No passengers had disembarked at the time of the photo. (Harold Hanka/The Sun via AP)

BOSTON — States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter for the nation's outbreak.

Governors in Texas, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina this week ordered people arriving from the New York area to self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

Connecticut officials have pleaded to New Yorkers not to visit unless absolutely necessary.

But the most dramatic steps taken to date come from Rhode Island, where state police are pulling over drivers with New York plates to collect their contact information and the National Guard is enforcing the order at bus stations, train stations and airports. 

Credit: AP
In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 photo, an electronic sign in downtown Westerly, R.I., informs motorists coming of a quarantine policy announced by Gov. Raimondo. Travelers from New York will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in the state. (Harold Hanka/The Sun via AP)