RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that he’d allow the state to move into ‘Phase 3’ of reopening, keeping the Pandemic Panic alive while still using completely arbitrary rules to restrict businesses and citizens.
All this despite the fact that the coronavirus in North Carolina has not represented an epidemic emergency for months, hospitals are completely underwhelmed, and citizens are growing tired of the restrictive measures.
Face mask mandates remain for everyone over five years old. Bars and movie theaters and outdoor venues are allowed to open, but at very limited capacity.
So a bar can have 100 people outdoors, but an outdoor gathering can only have 50 people. Make sense? Of course not! It’s not supposed to make sense; it’s supposed to maintain a grip on the narrative of Pandemic Panic.
Actually, at this rate — and with this governor — there will NEVER be a full return to the pre-COVID conditions.
Those prospects can be changed, however, in November.