The state of New York is again moving backwards towards tighter Covid restrictions. As of Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that bars, restaurants, and gyms must now close their doors by 10 pm each night. Additionally, no more than 10 people can gather together at private residences, according to his “rules.” “We’re seeing a national and global COVID surge, and New York is a ship on the COVID tide,” he stated at a press conference. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced recently that the city’s schools would shut down again if Covid infection rates hit 3% across the city.
“If these measures aren’t sufficient to reduce the spread — we’ll turn the valve more.”Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York
The Right, along with the hospitality industry, opposes the restrictions.
“Our members have put in place procedures and protocols to mitigate the spread, and we’ll continue to do so to ensure the safety of our employees and patrons. We understand the logic behind micro-cluster restrictions, but at this time we have concerns about blanket statewide restrictions like this.”Melissa Fleischut, CEO and President of the New York State Restaurant Association
Political Editor for The Federalist, John Daniel Davidson, mockingly tweeted, “Also, Gov. Cuomo ordered that state troopers and New York National Guardsman will be quartered in New York residents homes to ensure his coronavirus restrictions are obeyed, effective Friday.” Commentary writer Brad Polumbo called the new orders “arbitrary and capricious” and asked, “What about 10:00 pm is so special? Does ‘the science’ say that the virus turns into a pumpkin when the clock strikes 10:01?” The New York Post Editorial Board said that the decisions “have little to do with science” and argued, “City restaurants already can’t survive with the 25 percent indoor-capacity limit. Gyms and bars will now be crushed…Post-COVID, New York may face a fiscal nightmare almost as bad as the virus.”
The Left supports the restrictions and argues they are necessary to curb the surge in Covid cases. “You know what’s really uncomfortable and annoying? When you die,” bluntly stated Phil Murphy, the Democratic Governor of New Jersey, a state which has also recently enacted greater restrictions. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated, “[People] almost subconsciously let their guard down…They come to a house where Grandma and Grandpa are, or someone with an underlying condition, and they innocently and inadvertently bring infection into a home. It’s dangerous. You’ve got to be careful.” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers argued that “”It’s not safe to go out, it’s not safe to have others over, it’s just not safe. And it might not be safe for a while yet. So, please, cancel the happy hours, dinner parties, sleepovers and playdates at your home.” Journalist Victoria Bekiempis, writing for The Guardian, criticized states which have not taken as serious of a stance “despite the virus now raging through vast swaths of America.” She argued that the nation’s “patchwork approach” of addressing the virus “has boded poorly for countrywide disease rates.”