Told ya so.
Philadelphia Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandate After Moving Into Level 2 Of 4-Tiered COVID-19 Response System
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia has become the first major U.S. city to reimpose an indoor mask mandate. The city said Monday it’s reached the Level 2: Mask Precautions stage of its four-tiered COVID-19 response system, and that it will reimpose the mask mandate on April 18.
Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said the city will provide businesses with a one-week educational period before the mandate goes back into effect.
“We hope by having folks whenever they’re in public, indoor spaces we can get ahead of the wave and keep it from reaching a peak like we saw in January with the omicron variant,” Bettigole said. “If we can do that, we can literally save the lives of vulnerable Philadelphians. At this level of transmission, we do not believe that there is any reason to panic or enjoy any activities that we enjoy and are important to use. Our city remains open.”
Gee, things must be pretty damned bad in Philly, with the hospitals filling up again, corpses lying in the streets, and all that, right?
Under the city’s four-tiered system, to qualify for the Level 2: Mask Precautions stage, the average new daily case levels must be under 225, hospitalizations under 100 and cases up more than 50% over the previous 10 days.
The city on Monday reported 142 new cases per day, which is more than 50% higher than 10 days ago, Bettigole said.
Remember, now, that Expert Medical Professionals™ have changed what the word “cases” means, from the old and passé “actually getting sick enough to see a doctor” to the much more helpful “has antibodies in their system.” Still, though, there would HAVE to be a valid reason to extend Mask Kabuki’s run into what, a third blockbuster season, right?
Bettigole said the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 remains low, at 46 people.
Oh. Hrm. Well, okay then. NotTheBee’s Joel Abbott nutshells it:
Yes, the 1.6 MILLION residents of Philly are being held hostage by 46 people hospitalized with Covid.
That’s about the size of it, yeah. At the beginning of his post, Abbott flatly states The only way this ends is if we stop listening. Sadly, at this late date I’m not sure even a truly massive show of defiance would do the trick. To get these miserable, contemptible pussyfarts out from underfoot for good is going to require some shooting, it appears.
Meanwhile, others who live and work in the city say they don’t mind having to put a mask back on.
“It should be mandatory, at least in the buildings,” said Aimerey Beisembay, of University City.
As COVID-19 cases rise, some people are glad to have an indoor mask requirement coming back to the city.
“Because not everyone got their boosters,” Mia Gabdilova, of University City, said.
The new mandate doesn’t change the mask policy at Terrace Street Bakery & Cafe in Roxborough.
“We’ve never stopped,” manager Faith Brachelli said.
The manager says the bakery has kept its mask mandate for almost two years, which many customers appreciate.
“They just feel comfortable that everybody has to wear masks,” Brachelli said. “We wear masks. Everybody wears a mask until they sit down.”
Where they sit enshrouded in their own personal cloud of Smug, secure in the knowledge that having shown up at the restaurant, walked inside, and being shown to their table swaddled in an unsanitary bacteria-trap will have intimidated THEVIRUSTHEVIRUSTHEVIRUS!!! into staying well away from them, I suppose. Fucking morons.
The city says inspectors will begin going out to enforce the mandate beginning on Monday.
Yep, lots and lots and LOTS of shooting.