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Ask 2: Do I still have to self-quarantine if I travel to Texas from Louisiana?

A Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper talks with a driver at a rest stop along Interstate, 10 Monday, March 30, 2020, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border. Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for coronavirus in the U.S. Just two days after Texas began requiring airline passengers from New Orleans to comply with a two-week quarantine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state troopers will now also patrol highway entry points at the Louisiana border. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper talks with a driver at a rest stop along Interstate, 10 Monday, March 30, 2020, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border. Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for coronavirus in the U.S. Just two days after Texas began requiring airline passengers from New Orleans to comply with a two-week quarantine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state troopers will now also patrol highway entry points at the Louisiana border. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP)

HOUSTONAt KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Original Question: I am a Texas resident with a home in Louisiana. I am having a hard time figuring out if the border between Texas and Louisiana remains closed. Do we still have to register and self-quarantine if we go to Louisiana?

Answer: Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that since the state has seen a sustained drop in new coronavirus cases over the last 17 days, health officials have given him the OK to begin a phased reopening of Texas.

The current statewide “stay home” order will expire on Thursday and starting Friday, May 1, Phase 1 of the reopening of Texas will begin. As part of Phase 1, restaurants, retailers, museums and libraries can reopen, provided they follow strict social distancing and hygiene protocols.

Along with that, as part of his Executive Order signed Monday, Abbott is lifting the travel restrictions for people coming to Texas from Louisiana.

As of Friday, people who are coming to Texas from Louisiana or New Orleans will no longer need to self-quarantine. If you are in quarantine currently because of travel to Louisiana, your quarantine will be terminated as of Friday.

People traveling from New York, Chicago, Detroit and other places will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days after coming to Texas.

Read the full Executive Order below:

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