Protecting yours rights in a time of crisis

Response & Resources on the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 global pandemic is an unprecedented crisis. In an effort to stop the spread of the highly contagious and deadly virus, public health officials and lawmakers have put into place extraordinary measures to protect the health and safety of Californians.

Both here in California and nationwide, we are confronting a range of civil liberties issues and challenges due to the state of emergency. The ACLU of Northern California is monitoring the situation to ensure that our government’s response is rooted in science and no more intrusive upon civil liberties than absolutely necessary.

We are also working to ensure that government actors craft a response that does not create disproportionate harm to vulnerable populations, particularly communities of color, which have been hit hardest by the contagion.

On this page, you will find information about the ACLU’s response to COVID-19, including news updates, blog posts, guidelines, and letters to public officials – as well as other resources. We will update this page as the situation develops. See below for more resources.

ACLU of Northern California Letters & Responses