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Anti-Lockdown Protest Leader Tested Positive For Coronavirus

A leader of an anti-lockdown group that protested coronavirus shutdowns in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus. Audrey Whitlock of Reopen NC revealed that she has contracted the virus but has not shown any symptoms, according to TV station WNCN.

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Whitlock was unable to even take part in the protest group’s first two rallies held in Raleigh because she was in quarantine after testing positive for the virus three weeks ago.

The group, named ReOpenNC, was protesting against Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order.

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Whitlock complained that her “forced” self-quarantine violated her First Amendment rights.

She wrote on Facebook: “The reality is that modern society has not been able to eradicate contagious viruses. A typical public health quarantine would occur in a medical facility. I have been told not to participate in public or private accommodations as requested by the government, and therefore denied my 1st amendment right of freedom of religion. It has been insinuated by others that if I go out, I could be arrested for denying a quarantine order.”

She said an arrest in that situation would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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ReOpen NC said it would hold rallies in Raleigh every Tuesday until the governor’s restrictions are lifted. The stay-at-home order is extended until May 8.


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