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Arizona Woman Who Claimed Quarantine Violated Her ‘Right to Travel’ Loses in Court

by Dayana Aleksandrova Aug 18, 2020

In New York, a judge ruled against a woman for trying to sue the state over its 14-day mandatory quarantine. As a result, Cynthia Page, from Arizona, had to cancel her trip to Brooklyn, which she cited as a violation of her rights to travel.

Page filed a lawsuit against the state of New York in July after being forced to cancel her travel plans. Her action came shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the mandatory quarantine rule for people coming from Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

She argued that her rights were being hindered and according to her legal team, “The State of New York is not an independent country. The Governor of New York does not have dictatorial powers that permit him to require healthy, law-abiding citizens to remain quarantined, which is akin to a house arrest, for 14 days as a condition on their right to freely travel in and through the state of New York.”

Page cited the 14th Amendment which was dismissed by the judge who explained that quarantine doesn’t actually prevent anyone from traveling — it only requires them to self-isolate for two weeks. Page’s lawyer told the New York Post that they plan on fighting back.

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow nationwide, New York now requires people from 33 states to quarantine for 14 days upon entry, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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