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Thousands of travel forms collected at governor mandated checkpoints set up along Florida border

Since March, checkpoints have been in place under an executive order to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Florida.
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According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has surpassed one million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Before the new numbers came out, Florida Gov. Ron Desantis put an executive order in place restricting travel into the state, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The checkpoints are set up along Interstate 95, 13 miles south of the Georgia border and on Interstate 10 near the Florida-Alabama border.

FDOT and Florida Highway Patrol are working together to man the checkpoints and tell us that more than 11,000 traveler forms have been collected to date. 

The traveler form is given to drivers at the checkpoints to fill out with contact information, travel details, and where you are planning to stay in Florida.

If you find yourself getting flagged at the checkpoint, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. Failing to do so is considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. 

With the conversation of the state potentially reopening and the check points still in place, the answers are still yet to be determined of what the future looks like for Florida. 

Tuesday morning Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with President Trump to discuss ways in which the state can reopen  in “baby steps” with regions reopening at different times and rates. 

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