Far-left California has seen COVID-19 hospitalizations rise by 16% in the last two weeks alone. Not surprisingly, Governor Gavin Newsom’s response to the crisis was to go all-out totalitarian, mandating that masks be worn both indoors and outdoors and encouraging locals to snitch on businesses and one another.
The governor not only implored local citizens to act as the state’s “eyes and ears” and report companies that didn’t adhere to proper safety guidelines, but also threatened to use OSHA to punish workplaces that fail to adhere to the state’s guidelines.
“Read up on these guidelines,” the governor said. “When you go to a restaurant and it’s clear that they’re not practicing what we are preaching, report them. Give us the tools to enforce.”
Governor Newsom’s demands are overbearing and ridiculous for several reasons. First of all, a top health official in Los Angeles has already pointed out that the recent crowded protests are one likely reason why COVID-19 is continuing to spread throughout the state. Naturally, the governor isn’t willing to stop these groups. Protestors and rioters were not only congregating in large groups, but often staged demonstrations without masks. In fact, even LA mayor Eric Garcetti recently appeared at a protest without any sort of facial covering.
Additionally, national experts on respiratory protection have pointed out that wearing masks isn’t the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is no scientific evidence that wearing a mask can protect a person from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Moreover, it can be counterproductive if those wearing masks gain a false sense of security from doing so, and therefore fail to adhere to other social distancing guidelines.
Newsom’s so-called solution to preventing the spread of COVID-19 makes it clear that he is far more concerned with virtue signaling than actually protecting Californians from the pandemic. There are more than 150,000 homeless people throughout the state who are most likely not adhering to basic social distancing guidelines. Large groups of protestors are allowed free rein even as other groups are prohibited from meeting together.
The governor’s move to encourage citizen “snitching” and force people to wear masks will ruin life for millions of people in the state. But, let’s be honest — California wasn’t in much better shape before the pandemic either.