Florida travel restrictions would be ‘unwise and unjust,’ governor says – WESH 2 Orlando

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Thursday to a report that claims the Biden administration is considering travel restrictions on Floridians. According to the Miami Herald, the Biden administration is considering whether to impose restrictions to target the new COVID-19 variants. Florida has the most known cases in the United States of the U.K. coronavirus variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeSantis on Thursday called the idea of travel restrictions absurd and promised that the state would fight back. “It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said. DeSantis said any move to restrict travel would not be based in science and claimed it would be a “political attack against the people of Florida.” A White House spokesperson told WESH 2 News no policy announcements are imminent.”To be clear, there have been no decisions made around additional public health measures for domestic travel safety. The administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration,” the spokesperson said. The newspaper also reported that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has sent a letter to President Biden saying that travel restrictions on Florida would be “reckless and economically harmful.”The Biden administration is considering a rule that would require negative COVID-19 test results for domestic air travel, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.Buttigieg mentioned the possible testing requirement for air travelers within the United States in an interview Sunday with “Axios on HBO.””There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” Buttigieg told Axios. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”Last March, DeSantis ordered visitors coming to Florida from New York or New Jersey to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Thursday to a report that claims the Biden administration is considering travel restrictions on Floridians.

According to the Miami Herald, the Biden administration is considering whether to impose restrictions to target the new COVID-19 variants.

Florida has the most known cases in the United States of the U.K. coronavirus variant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeSantis on Thursday called the idea of travel restrictions absurd and promised that the state would fight back.

“It would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said any move to restrict travel would not be based in science and claimed it would be a “political attack against the people of Florida.”

A White House spokesperson told WESH 2 News no policy announcements are imminent.

“To be clear, there have been no decisions made around additional public health measures for domestic travel safety. The administration is continuing to discuss recommendations across the travel space, but no specific decisions are under consideration,” the spokesperson said.

The newspaper also reported that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has sent a letter to President Biden saying that travel restrictions on Florida would be “reckless and economically harmful.”

The Biden administration is considering a rule that would require negative COVID-19 test results for domestic air travel, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg mentioned the possible testing requirement for air travelers within the United States in an interview Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

“There’s an active conversation with the CDC right now,” Buttigieg told Axios. “What I can tell you is, it’s going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine, and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out.”

Last March, DeSantis ordered visitors coming to Florida from New York or New Jersey to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.