As the Coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, the United States government has issued an executive order to enforce state border shutdowns in at least 4 states across the country.
Canada and India have already implemented similar precautions and it appears the United States government is following suit. With some states reporting unproportionally high numbers of confirmed cases compared to others, the protocol does seem to be appropriate.
The measure is extreme however.
According to White House officials, the National Guard is currently preparing for deployment in the next 96 hours. The goal is to have all personnel in place by the beginning of next week, and to have the target states completely closed off from the rest of the country. This includes stations being built at all major interstates and roads leaving the state, personnel in vehicles guarding less frequented roads, as well as guards outside of pharmacies and grocery stores to ensure that elderly citizens are granted early entry.
Although unlikely, National Guard personnel is also preparing and being deployed to be on standby in case a riot breaks out in a neighborhood of a shutdown state.
What Do The State Border Shutdowns Mean For You?
There are only a handful of states that will be shutdown, from inside sources we know it will be some if not all of the following states:
- New York
- New Jersey
If your state is not on this list there will likely not be a state shutdown or deployment from the National Guard.
If your state is on this list, prepare for possible changes in the coming weeks. If you were planning on leaving your state or visiting one on the list, keep in mind that you may not be able to leave/return until the state shutdowns are lifted. Visit your grocery store and get any medications filled as soon as possible. Once the news breaks stores will be once again flooded with panicked citizens.
When National Guard is deployed your state will be temporarily under Martial Law. It is in your best interest to adhere to curfews and carry your ID at all times.
Airports and sea ports will of course not be in operation either in a state shutdown. Vacations and travel should be planned accordingly.
We know for certain that California, Massachusetts, Washington and New York will be experiencing some sort of state shutdowns. The other states on the list are being considered because they are either home to a large metropolis area, or are in close proximity to a state with high infection numbers.
Be prepared, stay safe, and keep yourself updated during these next 96 hours.