Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to supporters at a Democratic Party event in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. All seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate are up for election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
It’s been said before that “yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery.
That part about tomorrow’s never been more true than it is right now.
When will the virus peak? A week from now? Two? A month? Longer?
As you surely know, on Sunday, the President extended America’s quarantine ’til April 30th.
Trump also predicted the following:
“We can expect that by June 1st, we will be well on our way to recovery, we think by June 1st a lot of great things will be happening.”
But on Monday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam took a different approach: He issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order that will last until June 10th.
From his office’s statement:
“The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.”
Ralph also addressed schooling:
“The executive order also directs all Virginia institutions of higher education to stop in-person classes and instruction.”
And how about camping and outdoor stuff?
“Private campgrounds must close for short-term stays, and beaches will be closed statewide except for fishing and exercise.”
Well, at least you can still fish.
If we’re told not to fish, then you’ll really know we’ve got problems.
Ralph also noted that some people aren’t taking the virus seriously:
“This weekend, some of our beaches and other recreational areas were literally packed. Everyone who is gathering in a crowd at any place around the state is putting themselves and others at risk.”
He’s definitely right that some are tempting fate. As I covered previously, some daredevils are having “corona parties.”
In New Jersey, cops had to shut down a party in a small apartment like we were back in the prohibition days.
From my article:
[C]ops broke up a potentially respiration-wrecking reception attended by 47 people. That blockhead blowout — held inside a 550-square-foot apartment in Ewing Township — even featured a DJ.
Great idea. Put on some Bee Gees. Everybody dance to the days of discovid-19.
The 47-year-old tenant was arrested for obstructing administration of law or other governmental function, as well as for a violation of emergency and temporary acts.
Also from my piece:
But wait — there’s moron:
That same night, police in Charles County, Maryland, said they arrested 41-year-old Shawn Myers after he allegedly hosted roughly 60 people at his home. It was the second incident at his home in four days.
During the first incident, on March 22, police said they let Myers off with a warning after he agreed to “disperse the crowd.” On Friday, Myers allegedly refused multiple requests to comply with officers’ demands and was charged with violating the governor’s emergency order.
Back to Ralph, he encouraged all who can work from home to do so.
And he laid out what “extremely limited” means:
“I want to be clear, do not go out unless you need to go out. This is very different from wanting to go out. Don’t go to the store just for one thing, wait until you have a whole list of needs. If you are traveling from out of state, particularly a hot spot, I urge you to self-quarantine for 14 days. As of today, almost half of the COVID-19 cases in Virginia are in people under age 50. Every age group needs to act responsibly and stay home. No age group is immune to this virus. These orders are necessary to protect public health.”
So that’s where we are, folks.
Fish while you can.
It might be good for the psyche to catch something other than the virus.
Catch crappie, not crappy.
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