United State Attorney General William Barr suggested late Wednesday on Fox News that the federal government should begin relaxing some of the “draconian” social-distancing restrictions imposed throughout the U.S. by the 1st of May.
Bar said that the U.S. had to be “very careful” to ensure some of the measures being “adopted are fully justified, and there are not alternative ways of protecting people” amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The White House released guidelines last month urging Americans to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings with more than 10 people until the end of April. Some states have even imposed stricter measures to keep people at home and out of social gatherings in hopes of reducing the spread of the virus.
Barr noted that the U.S. is in a situation “akin to wartime” and that “the government can impose certain limitations” in those scenarios. “I do think during the emergency, appropriate, reasonable steps are fine,” he added.
He also said that the Justice Department would continue to keep an eye on any action that restricts liberty.
He said he was concerned that we were on a slippery slope in terms of continuing encroachments on personal liberty, and also thought it concerning a bout ideas of mechanisms being used to track the spread of the virus.
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