President Trump on Saturday night stopped short of issuing a full quarantine on the New York area.
The president said that a quarantine preventing domestic travel for area residents "will not be necessary" — and instead issued a "strong travel advisory" for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to try to slow the coronavirus.
The president's decision came after he had tweeted earlier Saturday that he was considering a quarantine in COVID-19 "hot spots" that would have restricted travel for millions of people.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the idea, calling it illegal, "totally bizarre [and] counterproductive." He added during a CNN interview that a full quarantine would "paralyze the economy."
After President Trump's announcement of the travel advisory, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that residents of the states should "refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days."