Mayor de Blasio defends locking playgrounds while supporting thousands in Black Lives Matter, transgender protests

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio apparently has two sets of rules when it comes to social distancing – children going to playgrounds is bad, but protesting by the thousands is just fine.

There’s really not much Mayor de Blasio can do at this point for New York City residents to take his COVID-19 guidelines seriously anymore.

He literally has embraced protests that have ignored the COVID measures enacted within the city, but the mayor is still shaking his fingers at people wanting their kids to go to the park.

Maybe if the parents just called it a “protest” when taking their children to the park it wouldn’t be such an issue.

On June 15th, locals witnessed parks in none other than Jewish neighborhoods having their local park gates welded shut.

Some have taken to Twitter to point out how hard de Blasio came down on the Jewish community last month during a funeral they attended when COVID-19 was in peak season of discussion, while comparing a photo of thousands outside of the Brooklyn Museum on June 14th.

Thus, in response, many from the Orthodox Jew community decided that they’re going to re-open the parks – with or without the blessing of the mayor.

During a press conference when the mayor was asked about his take on community members re-opening the parks that were welded shut, de Blasio stated the following:

“We are not going to allow people to take the law into their own hands. It just doesn’t work. So, people are not allowed to open up a playground that is not yet available to the public.”

The mayor stated that parks are only going to resume normal operations once “Phase 2” of the city’s re-opening commences, but if people keep going to the playground then the second phase could get stalled because the “disease” could “start spreading again”:

“I understand people’s frustrations. But if folks act prematurely and that causes the disease to start spreading again, then that’s the kind of thing that undermines our ability to get to Phase Two.”

So, the mayor is saying that a playground is dangerous business and could cause COVID to “start spreading again” – but, thousands congregating among the streets and outside museums is not receiving criticism to that degree from de Blasio.

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Even New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, put on the top of his naughty list the likes of bars and restaurants opening up in the state.

While Governor Cuomo did mention in his tweet that “police & protesters not wearing masks can be fined,” it was among the bottom of his list of re-opening violation gripes.

It needn’t take a rocket scientist to note that an outdoor congregation of thousands is substantially more risky behavior than someone having a beer at a local pub where maybe less than 10 people are present.

The hypocrisy of guidelines and enforcement in New York City related to the pandemic has gotten just laughable at this point.

Remember the announcement of the whole contact-tracing endeavor in early May in New York? Turns out you won’t have to divulge if you’ve been in a protest. 

On May 8th, New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio announced the formation of the New York City Test and Trace Corps, to be populated by 1,000 contact tracers.  The purpose of this corps is to “test and trace every New Yorker,” according to de Blasio.
 
This program is ran in conjunction with the NYC Health + Hospitals, which house the free testing and encourage testing for all New Yorkers on their website.  The hospital system describes the contact tracing followup thusly:

“If you test positive, you’ll receive a call from a Contact Tracer who will:

“Determine if you need more medical attention

“Offer services to safely separate at home or at a hotel, including meals and medication

“Create a list of everyone you had contact with (less than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) since shortly before the onset of symptoms, including family, friends and coworkers so that they can be directed to the help they may need.

 
“The City will also ensure their close contacts are rapidly traced, assessed, and quarantined at home or a hotel, as necessary.”

Such contacts at anti-police protests, however, will not be examined, unless they happen to be volunteered by the person being interviewed.

De Blasio spokesperson Avery Cohen noted:

“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest. If a person wants to proactively offer that information, there is opportunity for them to do so.”

None of the guidelines are making any sense at this point, because they can seemingly be subverted if you just walk around NYC and chant along with whatever the protesters are saying. 

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