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Fact Sheet COVID-19Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response

U.S. Social Distancing Measures for COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Overview

This fact sheet covers an array of social distancing measures, authorized through routine and emergency powers, that are designed to reduce social interactions and slow the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19.

Various types of social distancing measures are being implemented by governments at all levels across the U.S. in response to COVID-19, including quarantine, isolation, closures, school dismissals, work-place separations, lockdowns, shelter in place, and curfews.

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