BOONE, N.C. — A judge has blocked an emergency order in Boone requiring visitors to self-isolate because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order would have required visitors to self-isolate until they’ve spent 14 days in Watauga County. Town leaders in Boone passed the order Thursday.
The emergency declaration said city leaders were concerned about community spread, the need for more testing and the spike in cases in neighboring counties.
“Obviously this is going to have a very deep effect. A number of people who were planning on coming up for the weekend have canceled reservations," said David Jackson, Boone Chamber of Commerce.
But Friday afternoon, big hotel owners asked for and received a temporary restraining over. They said Boone’s State of Emergency decision would cost them money after people already made vacation reservations.
Tourism brings $200 million into the local economy -- money businesses desperately need.
“We’re not under an obligation to ask people where they’re coming from and we’re not going to do that,” business owner Andrew Mason said.
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