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How does a requirement to wear a mask infringe civil liberty?

I come from a scientific background, so wearing a mask is second nature in a laboratory & clinical settings: I am biased because I do not want to infect patients or inhale pathogens. That being ...
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Is social distancing compliance the area of responsibility of the Police?

An excerpt from: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/volusia-county/os-ne-daytona-beach-shooting-investigation-20200524-wtjxnox26fhpxdriov5ccetlj4-story.html Chief Capri said despite the various ...
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Future resident, not prospective resident, schedules walkthrough of my apartment, is this legal?

Today my landlord informed me that that next year’s resident has scheduled an appointment to tour the apartment for Thursday May 28th, 2020 at 12:00pm emphasis added by me. Here is the quote ...
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Amending a contract for COVID-19 for reasonable delay for a known event [closed]

I am negotiating a contract with a client prospect which includes the following Force Majeure clause: "Neither party shall be liable for any delay or failure to perform its obligations hereunder ...
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Will be asked to come back to work - wife cannot due to children

Due to COVID-19 all schools were closed (At least here in MI - I am certain everywhere). My wife's work is starting to ask when she will return. Unfortunately she has to become our 3 daughter's ...
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Riding/driving for pleasure after latest changes to lockdown guidance

Some lockdown restrictions will be relaxed in England from Wednesday 13th May. If I'm not mistaken, the law up until now has stated that all journeys should be essential or as a means to travel for ...
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Is a mobile charger considered an 'Essential' thing?

In this quarantine in India, we are not allowed to use e-commerce for non-essential goods. Amazon sells mobile chargers in our country. Is mobile charger an essential good? Can we use Amazon to buy ...
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Is the affirmative defense of self-defense available for the crime of terroristic threats?

According to this article, the DOJ may charge individuals who attempt to spread COVID-19 with terroristic acts/threats. Suppose that an individual, say Bob, is being assaulted or otherwise a crime is ...
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Oklahoma city reverses face mask requirement amid threats of violence

https://abcnews.go.com/US/oklahoma-city-reverses-face-mask-requirement-amid-threats/story?id=70481052&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_three_posts_card_hed OK and OH are reversing requirements \ ...
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Is there legal precedent for restricting US citizens from interacting with each other on private property during a pandemic?

Many states (for example, Washington) around the US have issued an executive order prohibiting their residents from interacting with other citizens face-to-face, unless its a part of an "essential" ...
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Law in Japan prohibiting (or just not authorizing?) fines “on people who refuse to stay home”?

France24 writes about Covid-19 handling in Japan: Unlike in other countries, Japanese authorities are not allowed by law to impose fines or other penalties on people who refuse to stay home. That ...
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Is the government of China immune from lawsuits by states and individuals in the US?

Some US states and individuals are suing China over the coronavirus. Is China immune from such lawsuits due to sovereign immunity, or does such immunity only apply to the US government? edit: NYT is ...
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Can an employer require employees to be COVID-19 tested at their own expense?

In this case, the employer is a medium-sized ENT office. Some employees are young single mothers who don't have the resources to comply with this. The question also applies to non-medical employers, ...
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Can old landlord withdraw money using ACH information without my consent

My landlord uses a web client called securecafe to automate rent payments. I enrolled to auto payment using ACH. Due to covid-19 I had to terminate my lease early and leave my apartment. My landlord ...
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Is it legal to retain citizen passport?

I applied for Thai visa in India, when Indian lockdown was started, visa center stopped operating. But they still didn't return my passport to me. They are saying " it is impossible because we are ...
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Pictures of people breaking the law in Facebook

Within this COVID19 pandemic various activities were forbidden in Portugal, like spearfishing or catching crabs in rocks. Yet, some people insist on doing them (let's call them rebels) but in a "...
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Can I be sued by a hotel in Germany

I signed a non-refundable contract for a group stay at the Westin Grand Berlin for May 8, 2020. The group had to cancel the trip due to COVID-19 pandemic. The hotel sent me an invoice for the balance ...
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Are You Allowed to Buy Groceries While in Self Quarantine? [Canada]

Canadians returning to Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Does this mean that these people must stay in their homes, and are not allowed to leave to buy groceries? The government ...
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UK Estate Agent withdrawing house before occupancy without returning fees

In February, my relative agreed to rent a house. She paid a holding deposit, and after numerous credit checks the move was agreed - to begin on 1st April 2020. She paid the deposit and first month's ...
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Wrongful death suits against government officials

Can state governors be held liable in wrongful death suits where the deaths are proven to be a direct result of violating all known medical advice and scientific assessment? I remember that anti-...
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What does COVID-19 have to do with Live Audio at SCOTUS

The US Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments during Corona virus pandemic over teleconference. This is to comply with social distancing and prevent the spread of the disease. But why are they ...
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UK Tenancy Renewal, Lockdown and the Law

Our fixed term tenancy will finish on 31st July; with a two month notice period. I believe it’s likely that we will still be in lockdown by the end of July. I think it’s very likely that we’ll still ...
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Coronavirus Lockdown Laws - New Zealand

It is widely understood that New Zealand is in a "Level 4" lockdown due to the Coronavirus. While this is sensible and logical - can someone point me to the obvious f I am missing - how have these ...
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How are UK contracts without force majeure clauses adjusted for covid-19 delays?

I have a scaffolding license with my neighbours which permits me to scaffold in their garden for an agreed period for an agreed price. The issue is that my construction work has stopped due to the UK ...
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In the UK, what is the difference between the Job Retention Scheme and furloughing?

I live in the UK, and work on weekends for probably the UK's biggest fashion retailer. I recently got an email from them asking me to consent to the terms of a new contract. In it, I noticed this ...
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I’m being asked to come back into work despite government guideline to stay at home- What are my rights?

I work in an administrative role at the NHS. Since the lock down measures started in the UK, I have been working from home. As demand on the NHS has been increasing substantially, management asked ...
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How specific can landlords be regarding Covid-19?

Are there any privacy protections which would prevent a landlord from including the name of a specific tenant in a warning regarding Covid-19? For context: Recently my partner and I (we live in ...
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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

The New York State Governor has allegedly declared a "fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000...." The government website claiming that declaration ...
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Does ICE have the legal authority to arrest illegal immigrants who came into hospitals due to COVID-19?

I am wondering if ICE has the legal authority to immediately arrest illegal immigrants after they have received medical care at U.S. hospitals for COVID-19. I am referring to people who voluntarily ...
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Coronavirus - Exercise in a UK National Park

During the current Coronavirus lockdown in the UK (England), is it legal for me to: a) Drive for over one hour (alone) to reach the start of my walk. b) Walk for 4-5 hours (alone) keeping at ...
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How do I get out of my university apartment housing contract?

Due to COVID-19, I have decided not to return to my university in April (which was my original plan.) However, my university-approved apartment complex will not release me from my contractual ...
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What should I do when the landlord asks you to pay utilities when they were all included in the rent?

I am a student and I have rented a room with all utilities and internet included in a 4 bedrooms house in Canada. My rent is going to expire at the end of April. Before the COVID outbreak, my landlord ...
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Tenant lost the job because of covid-19 and unable to pay the rent. Now what?

I own a condo apartment in Schaumburg Illinois. The tenant has lost her job because of COVID-2019 and is unable to pay the rent. I however have to pay the monthly installments as mortgage for this ...
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Criminal transmission of COVID-19? Knowingly exposing vulnerable individuals

This is a related question. The difference here is that the other question is asking about criminal negligence; someone doing something without considering the harm it may cause. My question is about ...
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Do Americans have a constitutional right to decline being tested for COVID-19?

I am wondering if Americans have a constitutional right to decline being tested for the COVID-19 virus. Consider a scenario in which the state police create a checkpoint on an interstate highway and ...
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Can the US government ban protests during the coronavirus epidemic? [duplicate]

Let's say a group of disconcerted citizens wants to protest the current actions of the US government. Are they legally allowed to congregate for a protest in spite of the current "shelter in place" ...
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Is the suspicion of unnecessary travel during “shelter in place” statutes sufficient probable cause for a traffic stop?

Many state governments have declared temporary "shelter in place" statutes due to Covid-19 that restrict unnecessary travel by vehicle. I know this will vary by jurisdiction: but generally, is the ...
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Where is the UK Coronavirus legislation limiting movement?

The government has issued guidelines saying that we must stay inside. I understand this has now passed into law. Can anyone please point me to a copy of the legislation, and point out which sections ...
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Recourse against landlord entering home during COVID outbreak?

My wife and I are moving out of our current rental in a couple of weeks. Our landlord stated in a text this morning that he can show our house to potential new renters with 24 hours notice, even ...
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Can Rand Paul be sued for negligent transmission of COVID-19?

Note: I am not wanting to make this political. Please do not attempt to address political aspects of this situation or rail one way or the other. My question would be exactly the same if the facts ...
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My job seems to be ignoring a state executive order to suspend activity. How can I best protect myself but also report them to the authorities?

Michigan has issued an order titled "Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life". In it they reference Homeland Security's own guidance about what ...
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Hotel in Ibiza offers vouchers upon booking cancellation due to coronavirus

I had made 2 bookings with a hotel in Ibiza with a non-refundable rate few months ago. I used credit card to complete 2 bookings. 1 of the bookings costs less than £100, while the other costs more ...
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Do the German contact restrictions prohibit any form of celebrating?

In response to the rapidly spreading coronavirus, Germany has enacted a general "ban on contact", effective starting today (Monday, 2020-03-23). It prohibits any gathering of more than two people in ...
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Breaking a lease before move in amidst Coronavirus concerns

About a month ago, I signed a lease for an apartment (with two roommates who are renewing their lease) in North Carolina with a move-in date of May 15th. I'm a STEM graduate student, and with ...
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Does the current ban on evictions apply to expiring leases?

My friend is currently in a pickle. Their lease expires in a couple of weeks and they were originally planning to move to a different property. However given the lockdown in California, moving is no ...
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Can my gym charge me monthly dues even though it shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic?

My local gym shut its doors on March 16th due to a government decree requiring all non essential services to be closed until further notice. Today (March 18th) I was surprised to find out that the gym ...
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Implications of Failing N95 Fit Test During COVID-19 Pandemic?

I am a Registered Nurse and have documented evidence in my NY hospital that I failed the N95 fit test for years. What are my rights surrounding this and the COVID-19 epidemic? I have a NIOSH compliant ...
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The State of Ohio closed the polls last minute. Can I sue my city?

Due to COVID-19, the Ohio governor's office issued a decision on March 16th that the polls would be closed on March 17th and voting suspended until June 2nd. To my knowledge, this was despite a ...
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Planning on signing a new apartment lease - can I get back a nonrefundable holding deposit due to natural disaster (i.e. COVID-19)?

Recently I put down a holding deposit for an apartment I intend to move into next month (April 1). However, with the spread of COVID-19, moving in 2 weeks' time could be risky, or potentially ...
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Can a worker capable of performing job functions from home be terminated for avoiding office due to COVID–19?

There's a popular thread on Twitter in light of COVID–19 that brings attention to all the workplaces where people could work from home (due to being tech/knowledge workers), but, for one reason or ...