Stay-at-home orders

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Stay-at-home orders are executive orders by governors or county officials commanding people to remain at home during a prolonged period of weeks or months, such as during an alleged public health emergency. These orders have been used largely by liberals in public office to attempt to illegally close churches and gun stores, in violation of both the First Amendment (covering the freedoms of religion and assembly) and the Second Amendment (covering the right to lawful gun ownership), and usually have exemptions for abortion clinics[1] and liquor stores. These orders often have dubious constitutional or legal authority.

As of April 5, 2020, only nine states had not issued stay-at-home orders: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Penalties during the coronavirus crisis in 2020 were initially rare (so far), but have increased with the arrest of a pastor in Florida for holding a church service in alleged violation of a stay-at-home order issued by Hillsborough County,[2] even though he took numerous precautions against spreading the virus.

Texas

While many of the worse shutdown orders have been by Dem governors, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has prohibited much necessary medical care to its residents as part of his lockdown, despite largely empty hospitals. Gov. Abbott, not really a conservative, is posturing for a presidential run in 2024.

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