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Christopher Dunn Christopher Dunn

In response to the public-health emergency arising from the coronavirus pandemic, states and localities around the country have implemented a wide range of restrictions on public activities, including public-gathering bans that encompass constitutionally protected events like protests and religious ceremonies. These bans implicate core constitutional concerns, including the rights to assemble, to speak, to exercise religion, and to move freely in public. They also implicate fundamental issues about the authority of government bodies to take emergency action in the face of a grave threat, such as the coronavirus pandemic.

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