Many city councils and village boards have given their mayors special powers to handle the coronavirus emergency. Those may include setting an all ages curfew, rationing groceries, and sealing off the town, although leaders have not indicated a desire to do those things. Many have ordered city buildings closed, changed employee work arrangements, and temporarily ended water shut-offs.
Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, says everything they do has to be related to fighting the pandemic.
Yohnka says for the best results, the authorities’ first focus should be on educating people about the restrictions and not punishing them.