Florida Bans New York Residents From Coming, Under Pain of Jail
New York – Florida is so intertwined with New York City that it’s sometimes referred to as the sixth borough.
The coronavirus pandemic is placing a temporary hold on the states’ partnership, with the Sunshine State placing a two-week ban on New Yorkers from visiting.
Checkpoints are being set up at highways around the state, as well as its airports, to be on the lookout for people traveling from restricted states such as New York, New Jersey Connecticut and Louisiana as such travelers must self-isolate for 14 days when they get to Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis move comes as confirmed cases in New York rose to over 50,000, making it the hardest hit state in the nation.
Florida Highway Patrol Chaplain, Mark Rosenberg told boropark24.com, “Every year we have thousands of people coming in from many different areas, especially from New York, to spend Pesach in Florida. We’re talking about 20,000 to 30,000. Many go to Orlando, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Rotan and other areas. These people must be quarantined for two weeks if they choose to still come.” Which as of today – makes it impossible to be quarantined for 2 weeks and still be able to go spend the Seder with others since Pesach is only 10 days away.
At the checkpoints, those stopped will be notified that they have to be quarantined for 14 days, and they will have to give an address of where they will be staying.
“Quarantined means by yourself in your own place not by another family member or resident whose already in Florida,” Rosenberg said. “Law enforcement will be checking up on addresses and will come knocking on the door. And if they knock on the door and they don’t find you there, you face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.”
“This should be a message to people out there, that if you choose to come to Florida for Pesach with a family of kids, besides for the fact that you’re putting yourself and your family in danger, when you show up at the state crossings a day or two before yom tov, so many things could go wrong. So govern yourself accrdingly”
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