The US COVID-19 lockdown is illegal and unconstitutional.


Misleading. State governments are taking different measures, depending on their constitutions.


This video clip shows two people discussing the ‘lockdown’ social distancing measures used by the US Government to slow the spread of the coronavirus [Sars-CoV-2], saying it is unnecessary, illegal and unconstitutional.

This is misleading, this depends on which social distancing measures are used and each state constitution. The ‘lockdown’ measures have been brought in by the US Government in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing public social contact. The US federalist system gives states and cities the ‘responsibility for announcing curfews, shelters in place, or other restrictions and safety measures’, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Lindsay Wiley, law professor at the Washington College of Law, told Vox that it depends on which of the different social distancing measures are used: “Mandatory geographic quarantine would probably be unconstitutional”, however “non-mandatory recommendations to shelter in place are legal and can be issued”, and finally orders of “anything in between is generally constitutional if deemed necessary to stop the spread of disease based on available evidence”. States have the authority to ‘enforce isolation and quarantine within their borders’, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Federal Government can be “advisory only” over social distancing measures according to Polly J. Price, professor of law and public health at Emory University, with restricting travel between states being the only thing within their jurisdiction.

All US individual states have been affected by COVID-19, with the CDC recommending people restrict their movement as much as possible. Countries across the world have imposed varying degrees of social distancing, where some civil liberties are temporarily curtailed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Whether compliance with the ‘stay at home’ orders is voluntary or legally enforceable is an active debate among legal scholars. Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska and South Carolina have already allowed some businesses to reopen. Some restrictions imposed by states are being challenged in US courts by business owners who have been forced to close, as they believe it conflicts with the US Constitution protections on the right to associate, assemble, worship and travel. The ‘stay at home’ order in Wisconsin has been successfully challenged in the Supreme Court, challenges have also been made in Michigan and Pennsylvania. We have written previously about the US protest movement against the lockdown measures and claims made by people who say that it is their right to gather to protest against it.


US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus and Travel in the United State

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Legal Authorities for Isolation and Quarantine | Quarantine

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Coronavirus rumor control: Is there a national lockdown or quarantine?

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): FEMA Leads Whole-of-America Coronavirus Operations

Professor Lindsay Wiley in Vox, ‘Italy and China used lockdowns to slow the coronavirus. Could we?’

Professor Polly J. Price in NPR, ‘Fact Check: A Blanket National Quarantine Is Likely Not Legal’

The White House: Opening Up America Again

Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin, in ‘Wisconsin bars reopen after court throws out stay-at-home order — some with new rules’

BBC News: ‘More US states begin lifting virus lockdown orders’

Origins of Claim


“The media keeps lamenting how Covid-19 has caused economic devastation and other social problems, but that is a total lie… This was never about compassion and helping. This was about politicians doing what politicians always do: use fear to grab more control… But a hell of a lot of the badge wearers continue to be mindless, order-obeying fascists enforcing blatantly unconstitutional, illegal, counterproductive and insane commands… It’s time to disobey and resist.”