A Connecticut selectwoman said in a statement that she and her husband face a $1,000 fine for violating the state's COVID-19 travel restrictions after visiting their son in Oklahoma ahead of his first military deployment.
“We will be fined $1,000 for not filling out the travel documents, quarantining or having a COVID-19 test,” her Facebook post read.
The requirement to self-isolate "includes any state, local, and federal officials and employees traveling in their official capacities on government business. If such worker was in an Affected State or an Affected Country for a reason other than work (e.g., vacation), such worker shall be required to self-quarantine."
Lamont's order imposes a fine of $500 per violation for instances of refusing or failing to submit a travel health form or for not completing one truthfully, or for refusing or failing to self-quarantine.
St. Onge wrote in her post that, “first and foremost this was not a ‘pleasure’ vacation. It was a trip to visit my son who is set to deploy overseas,” and added that she was "not aware that Oklahoma was on the list of restricted states."
"I know ignorance is no excuse," she wrote, adding that "I am willing to pay the fine. I would accept a fine of 5 million dollars if it meant I could hug my son prior to his deployment."
She told the Daily Caller that she believes the fine for not filling out travel documents, which require disclosure of a range of personal information, is unfair.
“I think the deeper issue is that the state shouldn’t have the right to tell you to quarantine. I don’t think they have the right to tell us we need to go get a COVID-19 test,” she told the Daily Caller. “It’s a violation of my body, and it should be my own choice to make decisions based on my own God-given common sense.”
“I knew that I probably should have checked for the list,” she said. “I feel very strongly that government is overstepping. I think they’re doing things that are unconstitutional.”