Police checkpoints are being set up along the Louisiana border in a move to further cut off travel from a neighboring state that has been among the hardest hit by the new coronavirus.
The checkpoints are along all major arteries into Texas, according to an advisory Sunday from the Louisiana state police.
“The screenings are related to the COVID-19 pandemic and motorists are urged to exercise caution and remain alert for traffic congestion when traveling west into Texas,” the advisory said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety did not issue a public advisory, though House Speaker Dennis Bonnen tweeted Sunday that troopers would be gathering forms from travelers about their destination.
“It’s important for those entering TX from LA to be prepared to stop,” Bonnen said.
The new screening comes a week after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order requiring all travelers from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days. The department of safety said then that it would increase patrols but would not create checkpoints.
Commercial, military and emergency travel, as well as health workers entering the state to help with the pandemic, are exempted.
A sheriffs department along the border said in a Facebook post that they had been informed of a “total closure” by 8 a.m. Sunday, except for essential travel.