Since late April, numerous states began to reopen after the crippling COVID-19 shutdowns. Yet in many blue states, reopenings have been slow, with some states on the East Coast only in their first or second “phase.”
Some mayors have imposed strict penalties for those who defy lockdown orders. In one Massachusetts town, the town even shut off the power and water to a gym that refused to close. Even still, the people continued going:
Members of a Massachusetts gym have still been going to workout even after the power and water were shut off in the building to deter them from breaking social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gyms in the state aren’t allowed to reopen until phase three of its reopening plan, but David Blondin, owner of Prime Fitness, defied this order and reopened his gym last month.
“I understand shutdown laws and rules but enough is enough,” Blondin told CBS Boston.
Lockdown “fatigue” as some have called it, set in early on. Americans were willing to temporarily shut down to battle the disease. But very quickly, citizens began to rebel. The threat of the disease did not justify the loss of millions of jobs, not to mention countless unintended negative consequences, they believed.
Yet some Democrat leaders have considered threatening penalties and jail time for anyone that defies their orders. Without approval of legislators, many governors and mayors have passed radical orders in what many would call a denial of citizens’ rights. In some states, barbers were fined thousands. Meanwhile, criminals have been released from prison to avoid infection.
As we enter summer, fears of the disease are waning as Americans want to “get back to normal.” It appears citizens are willing to accept the risks, so they can conduct their business. The trend to let the government decide how we should stay safe is rapidly becoming unpopular, especially after many of these same leaders allowed violent riots and protests, just a few weeks ago.
- Strict COVID measures are still in place for many parts of the country.
- One Massachusetts gym continues operating, even without water or power.
- Americans continue to push back on extreme measures, willing to accept the risks of the disease.
Source: The Hill