Governors Impose New Coronavirus Restrictions For The Holidays. Mistletoe or Misdemeanor?
Another Holiday season is upon us.
Typically, this time of year would involve coordinating plans to gather with families and friends as we launch our festive season with America’s cherished holiday,Thanksgiving. But as we all know, this is not a typical year.
While some people who dread large family gatherings may be pleased about this week’s new announcements, most Americans are struggling to wrap their minds around the latest plot twist in the bizarre script being played out in real life.
Our country has been in the grips of such drastic events for so long now it almost seems like it’s always been this way, and always will. Gone are the days we can spontaneously hop in the car and road trip from state to state. Now we are required to quarantine upon entering several states (unless you’re a celebrity attending an awards event).
Catching a flight during peak holiday travel was already a less-than-fun experience. Now those days of simply worrying about long security lines and overbooked flights seem like a fantasy, compared to National Guard soldiers enforcing invasive testing and being forced to state where you will be staying upon arriving at some airports.
Governors Impose New Coronavirus Restrictions
But even those complicated travel plans may now feel like a lesser evil now that a new wave of restrictions and mandates by Governors for how to spend Thanksgiving and other holidays have been announced.
In what would previously be unthinkable moves, one governor after another is dropping bombshells on their states.
American citizens are once again being told where they may and may not travel, eat, and shop, and who they may or may not do so with. Some governors, like in Pennsylvania, have gone so far as to insist people wear masks in their own homes if company comes over.
Other states are telling American citizens they do not have the right to invite people over at all – they have announced it is best to cancel Thanksgiving entirely.
The more gracious states like NY are allowing Thanksgiving gatherings but only for up to 8 people are permitted to gather in a private home. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took that a step further by demanding anyone who still intends to have any company for Thanksgiving, they must all first quarantine and take a COVID test.
“Cancel gatherings, large and small, unless you’re with your household,” one Texas official sent out to residents.
While some states, like Florida,Mississippi and South Dakota, have governors who refuse to inflict draconian measures on American citizens, others appear to relish doing just that- like Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is threatening criminal sanctions against those who gather in groups larger than six in private homes between Nov. 18 and Dec. 2.
But don’t worry Oregon – Black Friday (Does anyone know if we are still allowed to call it that?) has been spared . Retailers are allowed to remain open, albeit with their own sets of restrictions.
At this rate, posting a family picture on social media may bring the police to your door. (We see you, Zuck.) What’s next?
Will it be a misdemeanor to be caught sneaking a kiss under mistletoe?
Will mistletoe itself be deemed an illegal substance – except in Oregon, where possessing small amounts of dangerous and addictive drugs is now decriminalized, unless you bring them to a private gathering of more than six people- then you’re in trouble.
Don’t blame us, the governors say, blame Trump. It’s all his fault. Then they smile and go to a salon they have allowed to open up just for them, and hop on flights to Hawaii to have a professional meeting, because they banned those in their own states – and Hawaii is awesome. They plan elaborate dinners for their colleagues and they denounce anyone who questions them.
No one will really miss 2020, especially those who lost loved ones to COVID. It’s a truly tragic crisis.
To date, however, the cure is inflicting as much harm as the disease. Americans are turning against Americans. Americans are burning down businesses of fellow Americans. The suicide rate is skyrocketing. Children in abusive homes have lost those few hours of safety in school. Entire life savings are decimated and family-owned businesses are done for.
The man the media has declared to be the President-elect wastes no opportunity to warn the Americans he believes he is about to rule that “a dark winter” is upon us, while the man who is in fact still our President continues to fend off the relentless attacks of the sharks who have been circling him from the moment he announced his intent to run for office.
What will come next, we don’t know. But time will pass, and 2021 will arrive as the ball drops in a nearly empty Times Square.
And mistletoe will sway from the ceiling, and those brave enough to risk it will steal a kiss.