I’M NOT READY to leave home. Sure, I’m OK sitting in a coffee shop or walking down the street but I’d still feel uncomfortable squeezed cheek by jowl with a crowd at a movie, in the Sagebrush or at a sports event.
This week’s announcement, along with other recent comments, seems to be a declaration couched in nice words that the fight against COVID-19 has been lost and we’ll just have to live with it. Or die with it.
So, the mask mandate is basically gone. Restrictions on gatherings are gone. Vaccine passports will soon be gone.
Most of the population has lost its fear of COVID. They want to “get back to normal” and wildly cheer Dr. Henry’s relaxation of anti-pandemic measures. It’s like opening the gates of a prison and letting everyone go free, despite the fact, in her words, “we still have reasonably high transmission in our communities.”
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.