A Litany of Useless Laws Have Been Exposed By the Coronavirus
The ability to suspend these laws without fear of endangering the public opens the door to questioning their purpose.
From the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, state and local governments responded in various ways from issuing emergency orders?—citywide shutdowns? to school closures and beyond?—but it’s the suspension of various laws and regulations that is exposing the unnecessary regulatory web that burdens businesses.
As often happens during emergencies, governors and mayors across the country have used executive power to waive laws and bypass regulations. This allows goods to get to the public quicker at lower cost, more service providers to enter struggling industries, and the market to respond to the crisis in countless other ways.