Just before Memorial Day Governor Charlie Baker finally lifted the majority of restrictions he single-handedly placed on all of the inhabitants of Massachusetts way back last March. Gone are the capacity limits placed on restaurants and retail establishments, which were set at only25 percent.
Bars are finally allowed to open, those that were not forced to close permanently for financial reasons after having their doors shuttered for fifteen months. Finally I can go to bars and enjoy craft beers and listen to live music !!! That is a past time I greatly enjoy and have not been able to do for more than a year.
I can go to restaurants without covering my face with a face diaper. For a lengthy time we were required to wear masks at all times inside restaurants except when actually taking a bite. That was such a ridiculously bothersome rule that I stopped going to restaurants when that rule was imposed. I am so enjoying eating out again. Unfortunately so many restaurants in Massachusetts closed because of Governor Bakers restrictions. They could not remain open operating at only 25 percent capacity, imagine that.
Mask mandates were lifted and replaced with a mask advisory for those not vaccinated. It is so wonderful to breath freely outdoors and indoors I would have ignored mask mandates for just unvaccinated individuals. That would have been unenforceable without vaccine passports, which are unconstitutional; I am quite pleasantly astounded that Emperor Baker did not impose vaccine passports. That is just the kind of big government fascism that our faux Republican governor has been saddling us with since the beginning of this pandemic.
School kids are still forced to wears masks, even during recess. For the past several days it’s been in the 90s with high humidity. Governor Baker is putting school children through hell and that is child abuse on a grand scale.
I am worried that in the fall there will be a slight spike in Coronavirus cases and Governor Baker will impose the same liberty and economy destroying restrictions again. I am worried that some other crisis will come along, even an imaginary one such as climate change, and locked down we will be again. Governor Baker is a firm believer in man made global warming. He singed Massachusetts up for an interstate compact to fight climate change which saddled us with a hefty new gas tax.
We the people must demand that the state legislature reign in the Governor’s emergency declarations powers so that this nightmare never happens again. I am not confident at all that that would happen. The people of this state have proved to be for the most part compliant sheeple. Not that I expected anything different. This is the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts after all.