As restaurants face Coronavirus outbreaks, OC Puts Health Inspectors on the sidelines

The United States has a long history of granting local governments authority to enforce health measures – dating back to before the nation was founded, said Michele Goodwin, a UC Irvine Law School professor specializing in constitutional and health law. “It was understood that protecting public health and safety was a duty of the local government, whether it was a state or colony,” Goodwin said.