NEW YORK, NY – When you take a look at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s track record during the COVID-19 pandemic, he seems like he’s able to change a tune quicker than in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Starting in late January to late March of this year, he and one of his cronies managed to go from “there’s nothing to worry about” to “run for the hills.”
So, is anyone else surprised that New York City has been devastatingly hit by COVID-19 while officials in the city were encouraging people to go to parades in February and movie theaters in March?
But hey, the viral spread is all Trump’s fault, right?
The naivety stated back on January 26th, when NYC’s Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot gave this idiotic advice:
“We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season.”
Oh, it gets better. She also added this gem as well:
“[Those] who had recently traveled from Wuhan were not being urged to self-quarantine or avoid large public gatherings.”
So, having known the virus came from Wuhan, China back in January, Barbot was telling those who just came back from there NOT to self-quarantine. This is a health commissioner, not some political pundit who can have an excusable amount of obliviousness.
Then, on February 2nd, Barbot was telling people to go to a parade.
She tweeted the call to join the parade directly in spite of COVID-19, saying:
“As we gear up to celebrate the [Lunar New Year] in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of [COVID-19].”
As we gear up to celebrate the #LunarNewYear in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of #coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/r4gNWklGPX
— Commissioner Oxiris Barbot (@NYCHealthCommr) February 2, 2020
I can’t believe we have people upset that President Trump merely hinted that chloroquine might be a beneficial treatment, while we had health officials saying this nonsense in February.
This doctor was also telling people to feel free to take the subway, dine out at their favorite eatery, and to not be scared of taking the bus.
Barbot on Feb. 2nd: "There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the parade next Sunday.” (via FNC) pic.twitter.com/qpg2aKCChV
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2020
Take one guess as to which state has the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
It’s New York.
They’re nearing 60,000 cases at this time, and that number is only going up every day. The number of COVID-19 death in New York is 965 to date, with the next highest state with fatalities being Washington with 191 deaths.
Think about that for a second, NYC officials were handing out this advice in January and February, and they also happen to have five times the amount of fatalities than the next highest state’s death toll for COVID-19.
You know what didn’t help in all this? That truck the city calls their mayor agreeing with his top-doctor handing out piss-poor advice.
Mayor de Blasio was echoing the advice of Barbot saying to just keep things going as normal on February 10th. While he mentioned common sense practices like wash your hands and the ilk, he simply told the elderly not to visit sick people.
Because silent carries aren’t a thing, you know?
De Blasio on Feb 10th: “We want to encourage” NYers going out. "If you’re under 50 & you’re healthy, which is most NYers, there’s very little threat here. This disease, even if you were to get it, basically acts like a common cold or flu. And transmission is not that easy." pic.twitter.com/CeGMKbnFtz
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2020
Now, some could say that many people weren’t well aware of the gravitas of COVID-19 in early February. Fair enough. Yet, we had a pretty dang good idea what we were stacked up against by March.
So, what does this stellar leader of New York City suggest on March 2nd? He suggests to go to the movies, again, in spite of COVID-19:
“Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see ‘The Traitor’. If ‘The Wire’ was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 3, 2020
Even on March 11th, de Blasio was still saying to just keep things going on as normal:
“If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.”
All the sudden, Mayor de Blasio had a drastic change of tune.
By March 15th, the mayor closed down schools.
Then, by March 27th, he effectively threatened to close up churches for good if they keep their doors open to the public. Here’s the latest details on the latest regarding his words on religious gatherings in the city.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had some tough words for those who aim to attend their worship services in the city: “You’ve been warned. You need to stop services.”
Well, that escalated quickly.
Bill de Blasio said that although there has been broad support from faith leaders, ‘specific churches, specific synagogues are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance, even though it’s been so widespread’https://t.co/Oz5khGNDSo
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) March 29, 2020
New York City has been surging in numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19, there’s hardly any debate there.
In response, the city has instituted measures like social distancing and various shut-downs of certain non-essential businesses.
On March 27th, the mayor made sure that there was no ambiguity with how the pandemic will create mandates around religious services. While numerous churches and religious institutions have willingly shut their doors for in-person services, there are some that have been going against the grain.
In case you thought your religious freedoms and private property rights couldn't be infringed:
— AJ (@TampaBayAJ) March 28, 2020
Mayor de Blasio started by saying that worship services should cease for the safety of all within the city:
“You’ve been warned. You need to stop services. Help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that can endanger people.”
In no uncertain terms, the mayor explained that any in-person services that crop up will be shut down:
“If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services, after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice, but to shut down those services.”
Reportedly the NYPD along with the FDNY will be mobilized to shut down congregations of any sort, to include worship services.
Infractions of the no-congregation orders could result in simple fines to a flat-out permanent closure of the building:
“I don’t say that with any joy. It’s the last thing I would like to do, because I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faith in this time of crisis. But we do not need gatherings that will endanger people.”
Certainly, these demon politicians would love to close churches permanently! #WWG1WGA
De Blasio: Synagogues and Churches That Defy His Restrictions Will Be Closed Permanently If Necessary https://t.co/KOnD5pxoqM via @pamelageller
— Hobo Babe (@HoboBabe) March 28, 2020
These are trying times, and people are rightfully entitled to cling to their faith.
With as widespread as COVID-19 is within NYC, would small church services be as harmful as articulated by the mayor? That’s tough to say, and based upon innumerable variables and hypotheticals.
So, a more logical question should be, should the state or city be given the authority to ban church services? There most certainly is an ongoing pandemic, but when has “big brother’s” hand reached too far?
Yet, this is still coming from the same person who went from ‘go see a movie’ in early March to ‘I better not catch you in church’ roughly three weeks later. I think he’s failed to realize that the damage has already been done, and people are looking toward a higher power for answers.
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