(WFSB) - President Donald Trump announced on Saturday evening a travel advisory will be issued for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
This announcement comes after his previous statement Saturday on a possible quarantine of New York, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut.
Trump said a quarantine of the states is not necessary.
Details were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Saturday night:
The 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. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedule. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.
During a speech in Virginia on Saturday before a Navy hospital ship departed for New York, President Donald Trump vowed to protect the health of Americans as COVID-19 spreads.
Trump said that he's considering a short-term quarantine of New York state, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
“If you are from the New York metropolitan area and you travel elsewhere, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days to help us contain the spread of the virus, and I am now considering, and we’ll make a decision very quickly, very shortly, a quarantine, because it’s such a hot area, of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” Trump said.
The administration said it plans to announce its decision “fairly soon” and that it would not affect truckers or trade.
The consideration comes as the National Guard set up a mandatory checkpoint in Rhode Island off I-95 for New York drivers. They are being asked to stop and register if they plan on staying there.
A guardsman was set up at the Rhode Island border in Voluntown on Route 165.
In East Lyme, the first selectman requested people quarantine themselves if coming from Fairfield County, New York City, and New Jersey.
As for the president’s consideration, Senator Richard Blumenthal objected, tweeting, “The specifics and impact of this new directive by tweet are unclear and uncertain. The effect may be more confusion than confidence.”
Governor Ned Lamont also responded saying, “Regarding the President’s consideration of a quarantine of New York, as well as parts of Connecticut and New Jersey, our state has already called on residents to stay at home. Further, if interstate travel is absolutely necessary, our state has directed travelers to self-quarantine to prevent against further transmission of the virus. I have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo and Governor Murphy, and I look forward to speaking to the President directly about his comments and any further enforcement actions, because confusion leads to panic.”
Lamont is expected to give an update at 6 p.m.