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A growing number of Americans concerned about continued coronavirus restrictions are questioning the need for such policies like business closures and mask mandates as tens of thousands gather in the streets around the country to demonstrate and protest.
Video clips from such gatherings, often involving thousands of mostly mask-less people, are replete on social media, drawing ire from Americans who are pushing for COVID restrictions to be lifted so that businesses can fully reopen, along with schools, sporting and concert venues, and others.
“It turns out you can attend church services in America. As long as it’s the church of social justice,” tweeted journalist Barrett Wilson on Friday, along with a Daily Caller video featuring scores of people in a tightly-packed crowd singing and holding candles.
It turns out you can attend church services in America. As long as it’s the church of social justice. pic.twitter.com/PQ6CkDJBFX
— Barrett Wilson (@BarrettWilson6) July 24, 2020
“My dad had to attend his friend’s funeral over Zoom,” one Twitter user posted in retweeting another video of a huge crowd of demonstrators, allegedly in Portland, Ore.
My dad had to attend his friend's funeral over Zoom https://t.co/gUM6RTGAtz
— Confirmed Miscer ⚔️🍁🔫 (@ManDaveJobGood) July 24, 2020
“But remember: it’s still too dangerous to go to school or church,” wrote Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire, in tweeting video of a perhaps thousands of people gathered closely in city streets while dancing.
But remember: it’s still too dangerous to go to school or church
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 24, 2020
Content creator Jason Howerton also called out the crowded Chicago scene: “People are losing their businesses and livelihoods and kids aren’t allowed to go to school.”
People are losing their businesses and livelihoods and kids aren't allowed to go to school.pic.twitter.com/f48yEO9yQh
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) July 24, 2020
Meanwhile, governors and mayors around the country — from both parties — are reimposing coronavirus restrictions amid widened testing that is, as anticipated, finding more ‘positive’ while not necessarily producing equally dramatic spikes in hospitalizations and deaths.
The restrictions began in earnest in late June as nearly all states began some level of reopening.
“The United States … reported 38,800 newly confirmed infections, with the total surpassing 2.5 million, or about a quarter of the more than 10 million cases worldwide, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University,” The Associated Press reported June 29.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) issued an order to close bars, gums movie houses, and water parks in late June for 30 days as the state’s coronavirus positives surged.
Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) launched the county’s most aggressive reversal of his state’s reopening, closing “all indoor dining, bars, zoos, and museums,” New York Magazine reported.
In 30 of the state’s 53 counties, where 80 percent of the state’s population lives, “gyms, houses of worship, hair salons, and offices with nonessential workers have also been shut back down,” the magazine added.
Bars and nightclubs in Colorado were only open for about 10 days before Gov. Jared Polis (D) ordered them to shut again.
In Florida, which has also seen positive cases spike, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) only re-ordered bars to stop serving customers in-person, noting he didn’t expect to reimpose tougher restrictions in the foreseeable future.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) reimposed tougher coronavirus restrictions after only about 3,000 new ‘positives,’ to include no in-person dining in restaurants and breweries. The New Mexico Restaurant Association said it would fight the order in court, NY Magazine reported.
And in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice (D) issued new prohibitions as well, canceling all summer fairs and festivals while scaling back the number of residents allowed in groups from 100 to 25.
But none of these measures are being applied to or enforced against thousands of Americans who gather to protest, demonstrate, or simply party in the street.
What’s more, street protests are not garnering the kind of negative response — mostly from Left-leaning media and Democrats — seen following Memorial Day gatherings at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks resort area.
“Any person who has traveled and engaged in this behavior should self-quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result for COVID-19,” the St. Louis County Public Health Department said in a travel advisory after the gatherings made national news.
“This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Sam Page, the county executive, said in a statement.
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, who has been tracking the evolving pandemic and attempting to push back against the “fear porn” surrounding the virus, tweeted a picture of top immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Thursday, as he sat in the stands — mask-less — at a Washington Nationals baseball game after throwing out the first pitch to mark the resumption of the MLB season.
“And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work! Thanks for the lesson, doc,” Berenson wrote.
And there’s Dr. Anthony Fauci showing us all he knows exactly how well masks work! Thanks for the lesson, doc. pic.twitter.com/jdHPzq5HfB
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 24, 2020
Other social media users also expressed angst the apparent hypocrisy of local governments allowing ongoing anti-police and anti-Trump administration protests while they are re-imposing COVID business closures and other mandates.
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