The White House has denied reports that domestic travel restrictions targeting Florida are being discussed at this time.
“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,” a White House spokesman explained in comments to Reuters.
On Wednesday, the Miami Herald cited a White House source who indicated there were ongoing “discussions about new travel restrictions” to mitigate a mutation of COVID allegedly spreading in Florida.
“There are active conversations about what could help mitigate spread here, but we have to follow the data and what’s going to work. We did this with South Africa, we did this with Brazil, because we got clear guidance,” the official said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the potential scheme, with a spokeswoman saying he “opposes travel restrictions and does not believe diagnostic tests should be a prerequisite to domestic air travel.”
As Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) noted, illegal aliens are being released into the U.S. without COVID tests while American citizens could potentially face movement restrictions within their own country.
Restrictions for Americans traveling domestically, but illegal aliens can cross our border without tests?
President Biden puts Americans last.https://t.co/q5jrn3yrOu
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 11, 2021
Executives of major U.S. airlines are slated to meet with White House officials on Friday to assess air travel protocols, including a potential rule that would require all passengers to take COVID tests before flying domestically.
Unions, air travel groups, and some airline executives have come out in strong opposition to the proposal.
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