Governors and Mayors Should Quit Making Quarantine Decrees

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during the unveiling of the Mother Cabrini statue in New York City on October 12, 2020. (Carlo Allegri / Reuters)

In view of the Supreme Court rejection of New York State’s restrictions on religious gatherings during the pandemic. . .

. . . and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s dinner at the French Laundry, and the mayor of San Francisco dines in the same restaurant the following evening, and the Los Angeles County Supervisor eat in a restaurant after voting to ban outdoor dining as well as indoor dining, and the mayor of denver fly out to see family after telling residents to avoid unnecessary travel, and Nancy Pelosi visiting hair salon in violation of local restrictions, and the mayor of San Jose break your own restrictions by attending a big Thanksgiving dinner in the presence of several households, and the Mayor of Washington, DC, attending a Biden victory party in Delaware after banning all non-essential interstate travel, and [insert all subsequent examples of politicians violating their own quarantine restrictions here] . . .

. . . Perhaps it is time for governors and mayors to step back from the executive order lockdown and get back to the recommendation. Americans have been through a terrible one-year ordeal, and they are not going to stay at home behind closed doors as Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years approach. Obviously, these drastic restrictions are far too strict, because otherwise the elect would not violate their own rules everywhere.

The first vaccinations in the United States will begin in about two weeks. Until the vaccine is widely available, we still have a month or two (or three?) Of frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing masks indoors, and maybe be to take vitamin D or other vitamins and supplements to keep. our immune systems in good shape. Americans aren’t going to stay away from restaurants or church services, so tell them to space out customers or worshipers as much as they can and keep hand sanitizer plentiful and everywhere. Americans aren’t going to stay away from their aging parents, so tell them to get tested first and try to minimize exposure until the rally. Take whatever precautions you can, where you can, when you can. It is not a perfect or risk-free system; perfect, risk-free systems do not exist. As the Christmas carol says:

Someday soon we’ll all be together, if fate allows,

Until then we’ll have to make do one way or another,

So have a merry little Christmas now.

In short, mayors and governors, do not ask your citizens to make any sacrifice that you do not want to make yourself.

Because if another group of big cat politicians are trying to decree that no one should get together for Christmas, and everyone should stay out of restaurants and church, etc., the reaction of much of the audience will be a metaphorical major, and this reaction will be fully deserved. The elected officials did not start this pandemic with a ton of confidence and respect for their authority, and the worst of them have destroyed what was left in recent weeks.