New York area travelers greeted by health workers at RSW airport

We captured exclusive video of a recent governor’s executive order in effect after Gov. Ron DeSantis mandated all travelers flying in from the New York tri-state area — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — must quarantine for 14 days once they come to Florida. We were at the airport when health workers were screening travelers who just flew into our region.

Workers with Florida Department of Health were at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) Thursday to greet travelers who were arriving from one of the three New York City airports.

We were at RSW when passengers arrived in Southwest Florida from a flight coming in from JFK Airport. Most flights originally scheduled to arrive from New York City or Newark, New Jersey are canceled. But the flight from JFK was given an exception. There are a couple flights still set to land here, and, when they do, those travelers will have no choice but to go into quarantine.

This long-awaited greeting was actually no surprise to the passengers who arrived at RSW from New York City.

“Before we got on, they gave us an application we need to fill out,” said Ivette Roman from Brooklyn. “Because they need to know where we’re going to be and how long we were going to quarantine in a certain place.”

FDOH workers arrived at RSW Thursday morning and spoke to several gate agents as they waited for the JFK flight. Wearing masks, they met the handful of passengers getting off the plane. Their screening did not include temperature checks. They were asked a few questions and handed out a list of requirements to fulfill during their time in Florida.

“She gave us a paper that said we were quarantined for 14 days … or until we leave,” Ivette said.

“Some people don’t want to listen, and that’s why it’s getting worse,” Angel Roman said.

Ivette and Angel told us they will comply with the quarantine order.

“Yes, of course, because we’re going to our daughter,” both Ivette and Angel told WINK News. “We have grandsons. We want to make sure we know we don’t have the virus, but we want to make sure to follow the rules.”

The couple plans to enjoy family meals, watch television and enjoy family time as a whole.

The county told us it took until Thursday for the state to get resources to RSW to start these screenings after the governor’s order.

Reporter:Rich Kolko
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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