Los Angeles County is back to its old tricks. Health officials announced on Tuesday that new restrictions would be put in place beginning on Friday, including a business curfew. With the country seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases, the move was not surprising.
The question is whether it’s the right move, though.
Restaurants, breweries and other “non-essential” businesses will be forced to close at 10 p.m. PST. There are several more severe restrictions that are being put into place, including:
- Gatherings must be limited to a maximum of 15 people for three households
- 50 percent capacity limit on restaurants with outdoor service
- 25 percent capacity limit for personal care businesses and offices
- Any personal service requires a mask
— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) November 18, 2020
Unfortunately, this is probably just the beginning. With daily cases continuing to increase, places such as Los Angeles, New York and other big cities are going to take more drastic measures, regardless of the impact that is has on the economy.
Orange County officials are dealing with similar strain due to the newly-announced COVID-19 restrictions, and those officials aren’t happy about it.
Michelle Steel, a Republican who was elected to Congress a few days ago, released a statement on Tuesday regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to move Orange County back to Purple Tier:
Today’s unilateral move by Governor Newsom is troubling and harmful to Orange County families who need to put food on the table, to small business struggling to stay open, and to the mental health of our community. These actions continue to erode trust in government. While rates of depression and other mental health issues continue to rise due to these shutdowns, Orange County’s hospital capacity is solid, and our positivity rate is still in the Orange Tier. I have strongly advocated for a regional approach with greater local control to allow our dedicated local health agencies to work together with the local medical community and develop plans to fight the virus. Instead of combatting COVID-19 in a thoughtful manner, this one-size fits-all approach threatens the livelihoods of our residents.
Congresswoman Steel is absolutely correct.
Some decision-makers are electing to ignore the issues that come with shutting down a city, county or state, and those decisions are going to continue to cause problems for the average, everyday American citizen.
How does shutting down businesses from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. help combat a coronavirus surge? Hint: it doesn’t. These restrictions are over the top, unnecessary and harmful.
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