I tried to put an end to the Lost & Found Year(s) COVID Trip Report until I saw dumb shit start happenin’. The latest lockdown is dumber than Vanilla Ice tryin’ to rap again. For those who may be visiting Puerto Rico, take note that starting Friday the new curfew will be 10PM to 5AM, and all businesses will close at 9PM. The governor cites the uptick in COVID cases for instituting this measure. This pointless measure is another example of how the government has no clue how to handle the pandemic, despite dealing with it for over a year.
The reason that cases are on the rise is not because businesses are open past nine. COVID doesn’t appear like a werewolf when the clock strikes a certain hour. And, contrary to what many residents of Puerto Rico say, the spike in cases is not solely attributable to tourists, who are all pictured as drunk degenerates refusing to wear a mask. Yes, there are those jerks. However, there are also family and friends of locals who visit from the US, don’t quarantine, and do not wear masks around their not-so-immediate household. “He’s my cousin from Miami, she’s my sister from New York, how could they give me COVID?” Then the numbers spike after the Easter weekend and everyone is shocked. ” It is not a coincidence that prioritizing the health and well-being of the citizens is a priority after the government grabbed all those spring break dollars.
Puerto Rico could have been like New Zealand by implementing strict measures from the beginning (see Infected Tourists Are Coming to Puerto Rico). Instead, it implemented nonsensical, random measures (see No Alcohol Sales on the Weekend, No Golf on Sunday: Another Stupid Lockdown Measure). For a time, there was a stay-at-home law on Sundays, the day that Boogeyman COVID always comes out to get us. Of course, this rule did not apply to holding Mass in sizeable groups on Sunday. For a time, the beaches were closed because what is more dangerous than miles of sand with plenty of room to social distance? Add in the swift sea breeze and it’s a wonder that the beach still isn’t closed seeing as how COVID has superpowers and can stay suspended in the air despite powerful wind gusts.
The schizophrenic strategy for dealing with COVID has taken its toll on my mental health. With the vaccination rollout going smoothly, I thought that life was finally going to get back to normal. Instead, we are going in the wrong direction and with no plausible explanation for why we are doing so. Exactly one year ago, I warned about the dangers of government overstepping civil liberties under the guise of protecting the interest of its people (see Puerto Rico’s Coronavirus Crackdown: Justified Or Unconstitutional?). We have been on lockdown since March of 2020. This crackdown is not justified. It’s time to sound the alarm on this abuse of power.