Rhode Island has stopped targeting New Yorkers after Governor Andrew Cuomo called door to door checks by the National Guard illegal and threatened to sue.
Gov. Gina Raimondo instead has expanded the order to include ‘any person’ coming to Rhode Island from another state to ‘immediately self-quarantine for 14 days’.
The directive, signed late Saturday, does not apply to health workers or those working in public safety. It reads: ‘Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.’
Police had started pulling over vehicles with New York license plates to get contact information for drivers and passengers and to inform them of the order.
The Rhode Island National Guard had also been going door to door in coastal communities on Saturday to tell visiting New Yorkers of a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
People who broke the order faced fines and even arrest for subsequent violations, Democratic governor Raimondo said.
But Gov. Cuomo then threatened to sue over what he called a ‘reactionary’ policy.
Rhode Island has stopped targeting New Yorkers after Governor Andrew Cuomo, pictured, called door to door checks by the National Guard illegal and threatened to sue
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo instead has expanded the order to include ‘any person’ coming to Rhode Island from another state to ‘immediately self-quarantine for 14 days’
‘We’re talking to Rhode Island now,’ the New York governor told CNN on Saturday evening.
‘If they don’t roll back that policy, I’m going to sue Rhode Island.
‘No state should be using police to limit interstate travel.’
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on Thursday questioned the constitutionality of pulling over vehicles for no other reason than having a New York plate.
Raimondo also extended the state’s social distancing guidelines that include no public gatherings of more than 10 people and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery service only until April 13.
The state’s two casinos will remain closed indefinitely while visitors will not be allowed at the state’s nursing homes and hospitals until further notice.
A member of the Rhode Island National Guard Military Police talks with a motorist with New York license plates at a checkpoint on I-95 near the border with Connecticut on Saturday
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off from a train from New York as it arrives Saturday
Rhode Island Air National Guard Tsgt. William Randall, left, and Westerly police officer Howard Mills approach a home while looking for New York license plates in driveways to inform them of self quarantine orders on Saturday
There were 38 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island on Friday, bringing the state’s total to more then 200, Raimondo said. Twenty-eight people are hospitalized.
Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Maryland also require a mandatory 14-day quarantine for new arrivals from the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area.
President Trump on Saturday evening tweeted that he would not seek to impose a federally mandated quarantine of residents from the three states.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump said he was considering such a move, though it wasn’t clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put.
Trump told reporters that he had spoken with Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others, and that ‘a lot of the states that are infected but don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’ll look at it, so we’re going to look at it.’
Cuomo said that it would probably be illegal to quarantine New York, as well as totally ineffective, given the rise of other virus hotspots in the country such as New Orleans.
‘It makes absolutely no sense and I don’t think any serious governmental personality or professional would support it,’ Cuomo said.
People out and about in the Hamptons, NY. Although the town’s streets were generally quiet people were still gathering around the few coffee shops that are open
People out and about in the Hamptons, NY. Locals in the Hamptons want to ban coronavirus refugees coming from NYC and force those that are there to quarantine inside for 14 days
Coronavirus refugees who are leaving New York City are not just face a growing crackdown from other states, but they are also not welcome in parts of their own state.
Locals in the Hamptons want to ban those fleeing the Big Apple and force those that are there to quarantine inside for 14 days.
Beaches in the Hamptons have been filling up earlier than usual and local stores have been ransacked of goods as an influx of New Yorkers and celebrities including Alec Baldwin have been holing up there as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.
Other celebrities spotted recently there include Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Anna Wintour.