Governments are taking exceptional steps in response to COVID-19, such as enforcing social distancing and quarantine measures. Prohibitions against people gatherings have had a dramatic impact on civic space across the globe. A healthy civic space is vital in times of crisis, from nurturing innovative pandemic responses to ensuring vulnerable communities receive the proper support. Government changes to civic space must take a transparent, accountable, participatory, and legal approach to ensure that the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression are endorsed. The guide offers basic recommendations, examples, and resources for protecting civic space amid COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Source: Open Government Partnership