Attorneys Gene Libby and Tyler Smith filed an opening brief (Principal Brief for Appellants) in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in a federal lawsuit challenging an executive order by Maine Governor Janet Mills requiring that all people arriving in the State of Maine quarantine for 14-days due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The lawsuit was brought by two Maine businesses that have been harmed by the 14-day quarantine, two New Hampshire residents, and one Maine resident.
The brief argues that the 14-day quarantine impairs the constitutional right to travel and discriminates against out-of-state residents; that this requires the Governor to show that the 14-day quarantine is narrowly tailored to a compelling governmental interest; and that the Governor has failed to do so. As the record demonstrates, the 14-day quarantine is intentionally overbroad, is unnecessary to protect public health, and is more restrictive than approaches that have been successfully implemented elsewhere. Although the desire to err on the side of caution is understandable, the brief explains that this desire does not “authorize Maine to effectively isolate itself from the rest of the Nation” by excluding out-of-state residents.
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