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Airlines Issue Travel Waivers As Storms Settle In Around the US

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And so it begins.

Virtually every major airline issued free travel waivers on Friday and Saturday, as weather-related events threaten to delay or cancel travel plans this weekend – and even into Monday in some spots in the U.S.

And don’t call it a perfect storm. Call it three perfect storms in a good portion of the country that includes thunderstorms, heavy wind and potential tornadoes; flooding; and a massive snowstorm.

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Weather alerts have been issued for the following states in the eastern half of the U.S., according to CNN:

– Nearly 50 million people are under a flood watch in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Vermont. Tornado warnings were issued in Texas on Friday, and in Louisiana on Saturday, where college football’s national championship game between LSU and Clemson is set to take place on Monday night in New Orleans.

– About 35 million are under a winter weather alert in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.

– And more than 20 million are under a wind advisory in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana.

As part of its preparation for at least the wind and ice portion of the storms, virtually every U.S. airline has issued weather waivers for travel between Jan. 11-13, according to The Points Guy.

Allegiant has only issued a weather alert so far through cities in the Midwest and Great Lakes, but American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit and United have all offered waivers to its customers.

As of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, there have been 1,956 flights canceled today and more than 4,200 flights into, out of, and within the U.S. that have been delayed, according to FlightAware.com

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Which States Now Require Domestic Travelers to Self-Quarantine?

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Maine became the latest state to issue an executive order, released by the Governor’s office on April 3, 2020, requiring that inbound domestic travelers self-quarantine for fourteen days upon arrival in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

While the federal government has not moved to restrict domestic travel within the U.S., USA Today indicated that the governors of at least twelve states are taking action to discourage interstate movements by announcing quarantine requirements on outside visitors, as well as residents returning home from other states. With the coronavirus now spreading quickly through American communities, governors of 40 states have also issued stay-at-home orders for their residents.

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that that it “does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States,” the intense community spread of the novel coronavirus prompted the organization to issue a domestic Travel Advisory, “urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.” These East Coast states have rapidly emerged as the epicenter of the current COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

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The state’s order requires incoming travelers to go straight from the airport to their “designated quarantine location” (referring to residents’ homes, or visitors’ hotel rooms or rented lodgings). They must remain there, avoiding all nonessential outings for fourteen days or the duration of their visit, if it’s shorter than two weeks.

Delaware

Delaware requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for fourteen days, including those who arrived during the fourteen days prior to March 30, 2020. Law enforcement officers are authorized to stop any vehicles with out-of-state plates.

Florida

Florida requires those on arriving flights from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) to quarantine for fourteen days or the duration of their stay, if it’s shorter. A separate order requires people driving in from Louisiana to self-quarantine and highway checkpoints have been established.

Hawaii

All visitors and residents arriving at Hawaiian airport must fill out a declaration form and proceed straight to their “designated quarantine location”, remaining there for fourteen days or, if it’s shorter, the length of their stay. The state now requires anyone traveling between any of the islands to do the same.

Kansas

Kansas has mandated that residents who traveled to California, Florida, New York, Washington on or after March 15; Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23; or Colorado and Louisiana on or after March 27 must self-quarantine for fourteen days after returning to Kansas.

Kentucky

Kentucky has instructed its residents not to travel to other states (with certain exceptions) and those returning from outside the state are required to self-quarantine for fourteen days.

Maine

Maine is requiring any travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for fourteen days, also requesting that anyone experiencing symptoms refrain from going there.

Massachusetts

visitors are being urged not to travel to Massachusetts if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, and all incoming travelers are obliged to self-quarantine for fourteen days.

Nevada

Nevada has released a travel advisory encouraging all residents and visitors alike to self-quarantine for fourteen days, except for certain essential personnel.

North Dakota

North Dakota issued a confinement order for those arriving to the state from any of 23 states or from abroad to self-quarantine for fourteen days, and recommends that snowbirds and spring-breakers do the same.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s executive order requires those coming off of flights from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), Washington state, California or Louisiana to quarantine for fourteen days.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has instituted a fourteen-day self-quarantine for persons traveling in from any other state.

South Carolina

South Carolina is imposing a fourteen-day self-quarantine on people who enter the state from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans.

Texas

Fourteen-day self-quarantine orders now apply to travelers arriving from Atlanta California Chicago, Connecticut, Detroit, Louisiana, Miami, New Jersey, New York and Washington state. Highway checkpoints have been set up to collect a declaration form from Louisiana drivers at the states’ shared border.

Vermont

Vermont is requiring both visitors and returning residents traveling into Vermont “for anything other than an essential purpose” to self-quarantine for fourteen days. The executive order also instructed anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, as well as those bound from coronavirus “hot spots”, such as Chicago Connecticut Detroit Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York, not to come to Vermont.

West Virginia

West Virginia is compelling anyone coming in from New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Italy or China to self-quarantine for fourteen days, with exemptions made for those who commute into or out of the state for work.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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