The Minimum Rationality of COVID-19 Lockdown Measures
Earlier this week, California announced new lockdown measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In certain zones, all indoor worship services are prohibited. This restriction very likely runs afoul of Brooklyn Diocese. California likely recognizes this violation, but will magically relax the rules on the eve of Supreme Court review.
The Governor’s edicts will also prohibit all outdoor dining. Why? The state has not offered any actual evidence that COVID-19 has spread through outdoor dining. Indeed, struggling restaurants have invested a lot of resources to ensure that tables are spaced apart, and food is served in a sanitary and safe fashion. A reporter asked the Governor about outdoor dining. He replied:
“That’s a fair question, I appreciate it and you’re right. I do want Dr. Ghaly to speak more to that, because it’s fundamental in terms of the work we’ve been doing with local health officers, with our advisory committees, with some of our national partners and advisors as well, not just the conversations we’re having internally, but the bottom line, John, is we want to mitigate mixing, period, full stop. We want to diminish the amount of mixing and
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