Democratic cities across the country have endured some of the most stringent COVID lockdowns imaginable and though their methods did not deliver better results than their conservative counterparts – they refused to lift those restrictions – until now, but what changed?
Democrats implemented heavy restrictions on businesses and in some cases – forced them closed completely.
Residents were instructed to stay at home, unless they were protesting in favor of the Democratic Party or Black Lives Matter.
Liberals claimed that these were temporary preventative and protective measures, but the duration of these lockdowns quickly became concerning and now the timing of their decisions to reopen is equally concerning and their true intention all along could not be more obvious.
Since Biden’s electoral victory, several of the most vocal pro-lockdown Democrats – who have steered their cities and states to near economic collapse – seem to have suddenly discovered the importance of opening their economies.
On Monday January 25th, California Governor Gavin Newsom “lifted mandatory stay-home orders across California.” Restaurants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Marin counties — almost every Bay Area county — have announced that they will restart outdoor dining immediately.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed also announced that outdoor dining at restaurants in San Francisco would restart on Thursday. L.A. County will allow outdoor dining to restart on Friday, and San Diego County will also be allowing businesses to partially reopen.
Lifting the statewide stay-at-home order “means counties will return to the colored tier system that existed before December’s order.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday, January 22nd that bars and indoor dining would be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity.
“Under a new epidemic order that will last from Feb. 1 through Feb. 21, restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer indoor dining at 25% capacity with up to 100 people, and they must close by 10 p.m. each night. Tables must also be six feet apart with no more than six people per table,” reported The Detroit News.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also reversed his rhetoric on the importance of widespread lockdowns, instead announcing that businesses must soon reopen.
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high,” Cuomo tweeted. “We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on January 14th that “she wants the city’s bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service ‘as soon as possible’ and plans to discuss the issue with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, despite the fact that the city hasn’t met the state’s requirements for lifting the restrictions,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
“I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened. If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those. So that’s a conversation that I will have with the governor,” Lightfoot said at a news conference. “But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city “will roll back its COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining beginning Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 a.m., allowing restaurants and bars to return to 25% capacity, or no more than 250 people.”
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott “announced that eateries can reopen for indoor and outdoor dining at limited capacity,” beginning at the end of last week.
“The loosened restrictions go into effect Friday morning at 6 a.m. Restaurants and bars will be limited to 50% capacity outside and 25% capacity indoors,” reported the Baltimore Sun.