Kelly McParland on COVID-19: Politicians Intensify Anti-Stupidity Measures, While Fools Continue to Flout Social Distancing Rules


At the end of last week, Toronto Mayor John Tory signed an anti-stupidity settlement in the city’s war on COVID-19. It provides fines of up to $ 5,000 for those who ignore orders to stay two meters apart.

It’s not called “the anti-stupidity rule.” The official title is: Emergency Ordinance No. 1 – Impose regulations requiring physical distance in parks and public places. It was followed a day later by Emergency Order # 2, which could have been titled: “It also means Nathan Phillips Square, idiots, in case you are too weak to understand this.”

Tory explained in a few words why he thought it necessary to seek a measure targeting people who act like fools. “We must do everything to stop the spread of COVID-19 now, to save lives in the weeks and months to come,” he said. “There have been a lot of warnings issued … now it’s in the application area. “

People walk and cycle on the seawall between English Bay and Sunset Beach in Vancouver on March 22.

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In doing so, he echoed similar expressions of exasperation from other elected officials. ” Enough is enough. Go home and stay home, ”said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a week earlier.

Premier Ontario Doug Ford again tried to get the message across the thick heads of the province’s numb skulls on Saturday. “If you have to stay here every day, if you need mass messages for everyone in Ontario to save a single life, I’m ready to do it,” he said wearily.

Of all the hitherto unimaginable scenarios of the coronavirus emergency, one of the most perplexing is the simple determination of part of the population to continue to demonstrate levels of intelligence similar to the Three Stooges. As Tory noted, “The time for perplexity at this misconduct is over. Lives are potentially at stake and we are going to raise the temperature in the hope that the few who do not get it or pretend not get it will get the program. “

Premier Doug Ford holds his daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 2, 2020.

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What makes dorks act like dorks is fuel for further analysis. Perhaps a royal commission examining the causes of chronic darkness in people so blind that they cannot understand why the rest of the population has been locked up in the past month. Ideally, it would be led by someone skilled in the art of imitating imbecility. Too bad Jerry Lewis is dead.

The point they all try to make is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require a graduate degree in physics to understand: even if you think you are special, or if you don’t care if you get sick, or if you think all quarantine and stay at home orders are an exaggerated reaction, you should always pretend that you have a brain and obey the restrictions of social distancing because, if you get the virus, you can give it to someone else who is not as beheaded or carefree as you are. Maybe a friend, if you have one. Or a parent. Or even a complete stranger who doesn’t deserve to be dying of the virus, or who might even die because you couldn’t bring yourself to act like an adult.

Get this? It doesn’t concern you. These are the other people you could infect. Have it tattooed on your wrist if you need something to remember. Maybe ask your mom to call you every morning and yell at her.

Torontonians enjoy a Friday afternoon at the beach, despite government calls for social isolation on March 27.

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Authorities across the country and far beyond are wondering how to get this message across. The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, becomes visibly agitated just by talking about it. “I don’t think we can accept that a large majority of people are making an effort to fight the virus, and these efforts are being wiped out by a few others who don’t take it seriously,” he said about from Montreal. site of a quarter of the country’s confirmed cases.

Authorities are driven by the persistence of a surprising number of people ignoring the evidence. You cannot proscribe stupidity, of course, but you can make rules against the active pursuit of idiocy that endangers others. Despite all the warnings, alerts and threats, reports continue to pour in of people who insist on their right to graze people while jogging, to congregate with other distraught people in the parks, to jump over them. doors or lower the yellow warning tape so they can access playgrounds, walk on the beach, or congregate on a bench.

The leader of the Montreal civic opposition had to admit that the engagement party he had launched for his daughter in the middle of the pandemic “was not advised” and that he would be “more careful” in the future . Her son, who was in the house at the time, tested for the virus.

We see people not practicing social distance along the embankment in Vancouver on March 24.

Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press

We shouldn’t need to be told by mayors, prime ministers and prime ministers that these kinds of things are not smart. Most people have noted that the virus spreads easily. This is clearly not a hoax: 81,000 people do not die from a hoax, whatever Fox News believed. “There are going to be a lot of deaths,” US President Donald Trump finally admitted recently. And this is Donald Trump, the patron saint of the chronically unconscious. If the dopes can’t believe Donald Trump, who can they believe?

Maybe the fines will do the trick. Even stupid people don’t like paying fines. If that doesn’t work, forced isolation in special settlements might work – as they did with lepers. Stupidity may not be contagious, but it can still be dangerous.

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