Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19

16 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020

Date Written: June 1, 2020

Abstract

Can a state close its borders to, or impose mandatory quarantine on, travelers from states or cities that have a high community spread of COVID-19? On March 26, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo imposed various restrictions on travelers from New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to sue. On June 24, Governor Cuomo, along with New Jersey and Connecticut governors, imposed mandatory quarantine on travelers from eight states that had developed into “hot spots” for the virus. What kind of restrictions would be most effective in dampening the spread of the virus? Does the Constitution permit these restrictions on out of state citizens?

Keywords: civil liberties, quarantine, COVID-19

Suggested Citation

Thomas, George and Pulford, Erica, Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19 (June 1, 2020). Rutgers Law Review, Vol. 72, No. 3, Forthcoming 2020, Rutgers Law School Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636232

George Thomas (Contact Author)

Professor of Law ( email )

123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Erica Pulford

Rutgers J.D. 2020 ( email )

123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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