There’s a battle brewing in Vinalhaven, Maine, between local residents and those visiting from neighboring states. Local residents took matters into their own hands when a visitor wasn’t obeying the suggested self-quarantine for anyone visiting Maine from out of state. Vinalhaven is also a small island off of the coast of Maine.
A group of armed neighbors chopped down a tree and moved it to block the driveway of a man staying in a local residence. According to the Bangor Daily News, a local Representative said that neighbors had confronted the man from New Jersey but that it “didn’t go well,” so they barricaded his driveway.
Vinalhaven Harbor pictured below:
The man and his roommate had been renting the home, but several towns in Maine have asked outside visitors to self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Portland Press Herald reported.
The local sheriff in Knox County posted a statement in a Facebook post:
“Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek Residents are supposed to be quarantined because they came here from another state and could have COVID-19.”
The local residents mean business. When the man went outside to check on his property, a neighbor began yelling at him to get back inside. The sheriff made it clear, though, that these people have a right to “free movement.”
“Whether someone is a Maine resident or not, they have the right to free movement and anyone who infringes upon that free movement is potentially violating the law.”