Florida officials set up checkpoints along Alabama border in effort to slow COVID-19 spread

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) – Florida law enforcement agencies set up checkpoints at the Alabama-Florida border.

On Friday, Governor Ron Desantis issued an executive order to keep people traveling from areas known to have a lot of COVID-19 cases out of the state.

At the checkpoint, tents are set up where occupants in passenger vehicles are asked questions. They are told to self-isolate for 14 days and are registered in a state database where health officials can follow up with them at a later date.

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Commercial vehicles are not affected.

Also, increasingly concerned about the coronavirus crisis, Florida Keys government officials have established two traffic checkpoints at the top of the Keys that restrict non-residents’ inbound road access.

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