President Trump said hes considering placing domestic travel restrictions on select places in an attempt to control the spread of the new coronavirus.
Trump suggested the plans are not finalized yet, and didnt name any specific cities or states. His administration is considering domestic travel restrictions within the U.S. specifically from certain areas, Trump told White House press briefing Saturday.
The imposition of domestic travel restrictions would mark a dramatic new escalation of U.S. efforts to fight the outbreak declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. The move would follow restrictions Trump placed on travelers from China in January, and from Europe this week.
Shortly after Trump spoke, Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. will be extending its European travel ban to include UK or Ireland, effective Monday night.
The announcements follow a decision by the Pentagon to restrict domestic travel for service members and their families on Friday night through May 11.
The travel restrictions from Europe, and now the UK and Ireland, do not apply to U.S. citizens, officials said. But Americans returning from those countries will need to undergo special screening.
Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home, Pence said. They will be funneled through specific airports and processes.
Suspending travel from the UK and Ireland was a unanimous recommendation from Trumps team of advisors, Pence said.
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Cover: US President Donald Trump gives a press briefing about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) alongside members of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2020. – President Donald Trump says he has taken coronavirus test, no result yet. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)