The Government of Los Angeles County has told its Ten Million residents that, as of today, “All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited.” Although there are exceptions for religious services and protests, this “Stay-At-Home” order is an extraordinary deprivation of people’s freedom. It is on top of a restrictive state-wide curfew and other major restrictions on businesses and individuals. President-Elect Joe Biden has promised various national level restrictions as well. Is all of this constitutional?
No matter how serious the COVID situation is (and there is no doubt that it is extremely serious), the Constitution still limits the power of government. There are at least three important