AUGUSTA – The United States Department of Justice has questioned the constitutionality of Governor Janet Mills’ order requiring self-quarantining by anyone from out-of-state visiting Maine.
A statement from the U.S. DOJ says the constitution guarantees Americans the right to travel freely throughout the country.
The statement says the order to self-quarantine discriminates between Maine residents and out-of-state residents.
The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the governor’s quarantine order originally was filed by two southern Maine campgrounds.
In a statement, Governor Mills said she was disappointed and “frankly disgusted” by the DOJ’s statement of interest, which she said is “seeking to undermine the health and safety of Maine people.”
“It seems to me that their only actual ‘interest’ here is, at best, political or, at worst, to harm Mainers, not defend them,” the governor’s statement continued.
Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said the out-of-state quarantine, with exemptions for essential workers, was determined to be “a lawful requirement consistent with Maine’s public health challenges.”