Across America, states are removing the shackles of COVID restrictions and returning to regular. Not a brand new regular, not a variation on regular, however plain, good old style regular.
Meanwhile, completely no one is stunned that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s position is, primarily, “not so fast.”
You see, right here in the Empire State — aptly named as it remains to be broadly dominated via Emperor Cuomo’s emergency powers — our day by day lives are nonetheless riddled with a hodgepodge of contradictory and oft weird restrictions on our freedoms. Like a jilted paramour, Cuomo merely can’t settle for that the COVID disaster is over.
The present panorama of COVID rules enforced by Cuomo’s regime merely makes no sense. Over at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn extra that 10,000 followers, usually maskless whereas consuming and consuming, watch the mighty Nets course via the NBA playoffs.
Meanwhile, throughout city at Penn Station, lately rebuilt as an ethereal and open cathedral of transportation, the masks mandates persist. If you’re sitting shoulder to shoulder screaming cheers for Kevin Durant, no masks. But for those who sit alone on a bench quietly studying whereas awaiting your prepare, masks up.
As has been the case from Day 1 of this pandemic the state of affairs is even worse, extra complicated, and extra nonsensical for our youngsters. The insurance policies on masking children at college appear to vary each 10 minutes or so for no obvious motive. New York Senate GOP chief Rob Ortt, who is main the effort to take away King Cuomo’s crown, mentioned he has spoken to highschool officers “who are utterly angry, who are upset, and who are confused.”
The solely justification for these continued restrictions, for not following the lead of locations like Texas and Florida to the place our residents are flocking, seems to be Cuomo’s personal gargantuan ego. He likes parceling out little flecks of freedom to his plebes. One imagines him powder wigged, with a delicate again of the hand royal waive saying, “I doth declare upon this day that in accordance with science masks shall not be worn on Thursdays.”
Sometime in the subsequent few days, New York will hit the milestone of 70 p.c of eligible arms having not less than one dose of vaccine. This will raise nonetheless additional rules on commerce and congregation, however notably excepted are our faculties, and sure, the poor souls ready for his or her New Jersey or Long Island prepare strains. Why? Nobody appears to know, least of all Cuomo and his dour band of scientists.
Why are eating places nonetheless at 75 p.c capability? Why do folks should be 6 toes away from one another at the bar?
Even worse is that the governor retains speaking about opening up to a “reimagined New York.” Reimagined by whom, to what goal, and for whose profit? Clearly Cuomo clings to his emergency powers so that he could also be the one doing this reimagining, not the folks of the state via their elected legislators. You know, how issues are speculated to work.
Clear-minded New Yorkers know that two issues should occur in very brief order. First, Cuomo’s emergency powers should be stripped. Second, the capricious and arbitrary rules on adults and much more importantly children should be lifted. With positivity charges at an all time low and vaccination charges sky excessive, our faculties and summer time camps ought to return to regular, not a reimagined regular, however the regular of carefree seize the flag and archery we have now at all times recognized.
All all through the state the complicated mandates have left folks in church buildings, grocery shops, and different public locations doing a wierd masks dance. If you’re vaccinated, why do it’s worthwhile to put on them? But as we all know there are nonetheless these who for myriad causes having nothing to do with science cling to those safety blankets.
The governor can and ought to finish all of this by opening the state utterly. Cuomo had no drawback declaring his personal victories in his ridiculous e book final yr, however now he received’t declare an precise victory over COVID purchased with the effort of all New Yorkers.
David Marcus’ e book, “Charade: The Covid Lies That Crushed A Nation,” is out now.