After threatening it earlier in the day, President Donald Trump now says he will not be using an enforceable quarantine in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Instead Trump said he has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a strong travel advisory “to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the Federal Government.”
….Federal Government. A quarantine will not be necessary. Full details will be released by CDC tonight. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
The CDC later issued its advisory, writing in a release, “Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply.”
The statement also said the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey would have full oversight of implementing the advisory.
The governors of each of the three states — all Democrats — had reacted strongly against the proposed measure.
“That is not a quarantine, that is a lockdown,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an interview on CNN, likening the restriction to Wuhan, China. “I don’t believe it would be legal. I believe it would be illegal.”