Outer Banks property owners file federal lawsuit after being barred from their properties

Posted at 11:06 PM, Apr 07, 2020

RICHMOND, Va.-- Six Outer Banks property owners from Virginia have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that their constitutional rights are being violated by an emergency order which prevents them from going to their vacation homes.

The plaintiffs are seeking an immediate injunction against Dare County, NC for denying them access to their homes, and argue that what the county doing is not only wrong, it’s unconstitutional.

On March 20, an emergency declaration was put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19, restricting visitor access to include non-resident property owners.

Police checkpoints have been established at both bridges into Dare County to prevent non-resident property owners from entering.

COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.