According to Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), state declarations “may also identify state rules and regulations that are waived or suspended during the emergency... They can include:
Here is an 87 page guide to declared public health emergencies in NY State. Each state is a little different regarding its legal framework for such emergencies, and municipalities are different as well. But they are more similar than different. Page 50 says the following:
Executive Law §§ 29-a(1) [“Subject to the state constitution, the federal constitution and federal statutes and regulations . . . the governor may by executive order temporarily suspend specific provisions of any statute, local law, ordinance, or orders, rules or regulations, or parts thereof, of any agency during a state disaster emergency.”]
ASTHO also tells us the following about the federal response:
Federal law imbues designated federal officials with broad powers that allow them to respond to and assist states and localities in responding to emergencies even without a federal emergency declaration ...
Federal emergency declarations activate legal and programmatic responses from federal agencies including:
Declared public health emergencies provide a potential back door to suspension of democracy. By declaring frequent, bogus states of emergency for swine flu, flu and the next not-so-dread disease, Americans may be lulled into ignoring the suspensions of the rule of law that may accompany the declarations.
It’s the Patriot Act all over again. The Patriot Act was enabled by the fog of war.
Now it’s the smog of pestilence that enables the killing of democratic traditions. In the shadows, the republic is being killed by a thousand cuts. This is how Hitler did it, too.