AMERICA has been a country where movement between states has been free and unrestricted.
The outbreak of coronavirus, however, has resulted in authorities resulting to drastic measures in order to stop the spread of the deadly bug in their state.
Can I travel across statelines during the coronavirus lockdown?
Travel restrictions are being imposed on people traveling from places where there has been a huge number of Covid-19 cases reported.
Measures being taken by local authorities include stopping vehicles to investigate, imposing self-isolation for up to 14 days and stay at home orders.
In some states, fines are being implemented alongside jail time for people who break enforcement rules.
The number of confirmed cases of the virus in the country has passed the 180,000 mark, making the US the worst hit country in the world.
New York has the most cases with over 75,000.
Authorities in states such as Texas and Florida have put restrictions on travelers from the state, as it is considered a hotspot for the virus.
Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, where more than 6,700 cases have been recorded, has issued directives that anyone coming into the state from New York must declare so and complete a mandatory 14 day self isolation.
He extended the restrictions to Louisiana, where 5,200 cases have been recorded so far.
Failure to comply with these measures may result in a fine of up to $500 or jail time of up to 60 days.
President Donald Trump said the measures are as a result of people from New York going to Florida.
“They’re having problems down in Florida,” he said on Saturday, Mar ch 29. “A lot of New Yorkers going down.”
Similarly, Texas governor, Greg Abbott issued restrictions on travelers from New York, New Jersey, New Orleans and Connecticut.
Anyone arriving from these will be required to complete a 14 day self quarantine.
On March 30, he further expanded restrictions including people driving into Texas from Louisiana and flying in from Washington, Miami, California, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago.
Of the restrictions, the governor said it does "not apply to travel related to commercial activities, military service, emergency response, health response or critical infrastructure functions".
Texas has so far recorded 3,600 cases of Covid-19.
Several states have travel restrictions in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Travel restrictions within the US
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, several states have restricted travel
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If you are traveling into another state, you must check to make sure if your location is restricted.
You should also adhere to state measures like declaring where you are traveling from and complying with any self quarantine directive.
Experts have advised people to minimize travel to help stop the spread of