Outbreaks of new COVID-19 virus variants, including the B.1.1.7 variant from the U.K., are keeping government officials on their toes when it comes to domestic travel according to White House officials.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the U.K. variant has recently exploded in the state of Florida, causing the White House to begin discussing possible restrictions to limit the spread.*
No decisions have been made, but we certainly are having conversations across the government.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took to Twitter to discuss his thoughts on the Biden administration potentially imposing travel restrictions.
The recent report that the Biden administration is considering restricting the travel of Floridians is completely a… https://t.co/GKzbj6Vlee— Ron DeSantis (@Ron DeSantis) 1613066304.0
One White House official says a final decision has yet to be made but they are considering all options as the pandemic continues.
"This is a war and we’re at battle with the virus. War is messy and unpredictable, and all options are on the table," said the White House official.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they are reviewing all options to contain the spread of new COVID-19 virus variants.
"As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic and in particular the emerging variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of the virus," a statement read, "CDC will also continue to work across government on recommendations for the travel space, and no decisions have been made."
*This article has been updated.