The lockdowns effectively suspend constitutional rights for the entire population. The effectively end freedom of assembly and freedom of worship. They severely restrict freedom of movement and free speech and place the entire population under a form of house arrest. Long-term closures that make many businesses worthless effectively amount to destruction of property by the government without compensation.
Clearly similar actions based on race, religion, sex, etc. would be immediately ruled as unconstitutional.
Is there some line in the sand on what the government can do to the entire population?
For example, seasonal flu can result in similar numbers of deaths. According to the CDC, the 1957-58 Asian flu killed 116,000 Americans with no business or school closures. That would correspond to about 200,000 deaths based today’s population, which is about three times the official death toll from the coronavirus. Are governments free to impose similar lockdowns in the future based on seasonal flu?
Is a totalitarian state constitutional so long as it claims some justification for the actions based on public health or safety?