Shelter-in-Place Orders Are Perfectly Legal


Publish Date:
April 29, 2020
The New York Times
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While most Americans are staying home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, some companies and politicians have been busy mounting legal challenges to the variety of shelter-in-place orders imposed throughout the country. Attorney General William P. Barr threatened to support the plaintiffs and told federal prosecutors on Monday to “be on the lookout” for unconstitutional restrictions.

The lawsuits claim, in part, that state and local governments have deprived the plaintiffs of economic and property rights protected by the Constitution. More suits may follow, and if they are successful, state and local governments could be forced to pay millions, or even billions, of dollars in damages. Fortunately, the governments have a compelling defense.

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