What’s the future of COVID mandates in Orange County?

Michele Goodwin, a UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor of law, said there’s legal precedent for vaccine, mask and quarantine mandates. “It’s been well established in law … that includes being able to impose vaccination requirements, being able to impose quarantine — quarantine restrictions date back centuries actually, even before the United States was the United States,” Goodwin said. Goodwin, founding director of UCI’s Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, said the government is able to issue such mandates as long as it’s in the interest of public health.