Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the civil rights lawyers at Famighetti & Weinick PLLC have been closely following the lawfulness of government restrictions implemented to control the spread of the virus. From the earliest days, our video blog series, “Lockdown Video Series,” predicted that most coronavirus regulations would be declared constitutional by courts.
As the months of the pandemic lumbered along, we continued to follow developments in the law. Our June 2020 blog discussed failing legal challenges to COVID-19 regulations, and partner, Matt Weinick, published a legal article discussing the constitutionality of face mask requirements and temperature checks at work. Again, our analysis concluded that, because of the Supreme Court’s strong deference to a government’s right to control the spread of disease, most constitutional challenges would fail.
In yet another decision, New York’s federal Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit, issued a decision on November 9, 2020 holding that New York’s color coded covid zones which vary the degree to which restrictions exist in each zone, are constitutional with respect to restrictions imposed on houses of worship. Today’s Long Island civil rights blog discusses the Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo decision.