Only a year after federal health officials suggested Americans would be free to live their lives again, governments are lifting restrictions in a number of U.S. states. And citizens are elated. The Baltimore Sun’s Jean Marbella reports on the result of Maryland’s loosening of rules on gatherings:
One venue made tickets available online starting at 12:01 a.m. Another kept adding additional time slots as the others filled up.
Neither sign-up involved a rock concert or appointments to get a COVID vaccine — just reservations to attend Easter services in person this weekend…
“People are just so hungry to gather,” said the Rev. David J. Ware, rector of the Church of the Redeemer in North Baltimore.
New Hope for the Doomers
Government administrators like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky aren’t repenting of their fearful embrace of destructive and ineffectual shutdowns. But there is also federal progress to report and the timing could not be better for the Biden administration to take a baby step toward reasonable policy. The Journal’s Alison Sider reports:
People who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel without putting themselves at serious risk as long as they wear masks and take other precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, moderating its blanket stance against travel.
Here’s to a long-overdue move toward moderation among the lockdowners. Maybe next week someone can explain to federal health enforcers why they don’t need to demand face coverings on fully vaccinated people.