As the country experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, governors and political leaders scramble to stem the tide. This includes stricter regulations, rules and guidelines.
In some instances, we’ve seen statewide curfews and the shutting down of businesses and schools. And according to some critics, a few of these mandates are simply too draconian.
For example, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered playgrounds to be closed down.
This caused almost immediate backlash from both parents and politicians alike. Many believed it didn’t make sense to keep children from playing outdoors.
Newsom might’ve been most surprised to see much of the backlash come from his own party: as reported by Breitbart, “even his left-wing colleagues and supporters called foul.”
It seems several legislators and even a doctor said shutting down the playgrounds wasn’t a very good idea.
The result? Newsom has been forced to recant.
As Fox News reported:
The state’s updated guidelines say that ‘playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.’
This backtracking was prompted by a letter sent to Gov. Newsom last week, penned by a dozen California legislators.
They urged the Governor to reconsider his stance on playgrounds, saying it’s a great opportunity for families to “get outdoors.”
Furthermore, they reminded Newsom that many healthcare professionals want people to get outside more often during the pandemic, provided social distancing is being practiced.
It was enough for the Governor to reverse course.
At this time, California playgrounds located at schools will remain open, “as long as they follow state guidance for schools and school-based programs.”
It appears public playgrounds will also remain open, so long as the social distancing guidelines are followed. And a lot of parents consider this a significant victory.
As the mandates become harsher and more controversial, more citizens rise up to question them. There’s a constant battle between “doing the right thing for public safety” and “personal freedoms.”
That has proven to be a difficult line to walk for many of our leaders.
And it will continue to be a major issue of debate in the months to come, even if the pandemic finally begins to disappear thanks to an upcoming vaccine.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom initially closed all playgrounds to combat the latest coronavirus wave.
- But a dozen legislators sent a letter to his office, asking him to reconsider. They said it was important for kids to be able to play outside during the pandemic.
- Newsom relented, and playgrounds can now be open in the state, provided they follow existing health guidelines.