Hopefully this is ok to post here, because we have NEVER seen anything like this in our lifetime, and we might never (HOPEFULLY) encounter anything like this again!
I just read that Rhode Island wanted state troopers to stop cars with New York license plates who entered the state so that they could quarantine the people. Governor Cuomo became very angry and said that if this happens, they will sue the state of Rhode Island.
As far as I know, we have not had states this angry with each other since the civil war in the 1800's. I am not taking sides here - and no one needs to - but I can understand the fear. New York has SO many cases and deaths - how in the WORLD can other states keep this virus from rampaging through their counties if they don't take measures to stop it?
This is from the New York Times:
Several governors this week ordered people traveling from New York to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arriving, hoping to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in their states.
Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island has gone further.
Ms. Raimondo, a Democrat, said on Friday that state troopers would begin stopping drivers with New York license plates so that National Guard officials could collect contact information and inform anyone coming from New York that they were subject to a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.
Ms. Raimondo also said the National Guard would begin going door-to-door in coastal communities this weekend to find anyone who had recently arrived from New York and tell them of the quarantine order.
The National Guard had already been deployed to bus stations, train stations and the airport to enforce Ms. Raimondo’s order, which also applies to anyone who has been to New York in the past 14 days.
“I know it’s unusual. I know it’s extreme, and I know some people disagree with it,” Ms. Raimondo said at a news conference on Friday.
She added: “Right now we have a pinpointed risk. That risk is called New York City.”
Ms. Raimondo insisted that her emergency powers gave her the authority to impose the measures, but the American Civil Liberties Union called her move an “ill-advised and unconstitutional plan.”
Mr. Cuomo said on Saturday that New York would sue Rhode Island if the policy of stopping New York drivers was not rolled back.
“That clearly is unconstitutional,” he in an interview on CNN, adding that “no state should be using police to prohibit interstate travel in any way.”