- “There Will Be No More Drinking Alcohol With Your Mask Off” – Melbourne, LA Compete For “Least-Scientific” COVID Masking Rules
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Anybody who is still on the fence about whether masks are effective at slowing the transmission of COVID – or whether mass-masking policies being revived in the battle to slow the spread of the delta variant are actually effective – should first consider the science, then take a look at two recent instances of what we like to call policy-setting-by-headlne.
While Americans were probably more focused on US-related issues like the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, Australian media became obsessed with reports of an engagement party and a shady pub crawl in the city of Melbourne, which were blamed by Premier Daniel Andrews for extending the Melbourne’s lockdown, while the capital area joined in after finding just a single case (which quickly turned into more than a dozen in the following days).
Reports of small-time COVID rulebreakers have become an obsession of the Australian press, and now policy makers are effectively basing their decisions on these incidents. Because in addition to extending the lockdown, Premier Andrews is also imposing specific restrictions requiring city residents to wear masks even while they’re drinking outdoors. This applies whether one is vaccinated, or not.
According to Sky News, Premier Andrews was made “angry” by reports of the lockdown scofflaws, and is now decreeing that his subjects will no longer be premitted to remove their masks to take a sip, or a bite of food.