We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined. I’m thinking about that right now . . .We might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine — short-term two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut.–President Trump
I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. And from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you’d be accomplishing. . . Mandatory quarantine is a scary concept, because it sounds like you’re saying to people can’t leave this district. We never did that.–Governor Cuomo
Trump is now saying that he does not plan to enforce a quarantine on the New York area.
My question is what can the government do under the constitution and federal law?
Is legally possible to prevent people from leaving the New York area?
What about people traveling through the area?
There are reports that Rhode Island police are stopping cars with New York tags and telling visitors that they have to self-quarantine for two weeks. Is that even constitutional?