There’s a double standard from pols and the media with protests and coronavirus
By NY Post Editorial Board
June 15, 2020 | 10:19pm |Enlarge Image
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threat to shut Gotham back down is garbage, and he knows it. How can he, or Mayor Bill de Blasio, justify penalizing anyone for drinking or dining in the streets, when they all but cheer people protesting?
“We have received 25,000 complaints of reopening violations,” Cuomo tweeted on Sunday, mainly from Manhattan and the Hamptons.
“Lots of violations of social distancing, parties in the street, restaurants and bars ignoring laws.”
“Enforce the law or there will be state action,” the governor warned.
“Bars or restaurants that violate the law can lose their liquor license.”
Cuomo bragged that he personally called some businesses he saw on the news to chastise them. Hmm. How about the organizers of the hundreds of people who marched through the city, gathered in parks, lay down in Times Square? Did he show such concern?
As for yanking the licenses of bars and restaurants that attract the misbehaving crowds: De Blasio won’t order the police to arrest anyone for violating the guidelines — not after the first weeks of lockdown, when that resulted in “racially disproportionate” arrest numbers. So how is a bar owner supposed to achieve what the cops can’t?
Especially, again, given protests that see far riskier behavior — larger and more-packed crowds of complete strangers shouting at the top of their lungs.
De Blasio had been warning that the protests could spread the virus, but after finding himself under attack from his left, he’s again flipped: Over the weekend, he spoke at one demonstration — maskless.
Plus, City Hall has told its hundreds of new contact tracers not to ask people who test positive for the virus if they recently protested.
That’s just willful blindness — and an evident effort to conceal the demonstrations’ role in any COVID-19 spike. This when growing evidence suggests that crowded “superspreader” events may explain up to 80 percent of all cases.
Of course, the national media have been largely silent over the protests’ potential health impact — even as they’re having fits over President Trump’s plan to hold a rally June 20.