blue states relax COVID restrictions

During the 2020 campaign, some claimed that some blue states were not removing their COVID restrictions because they didn’t want to help the economy while Trump was POTUS. After all, Florida opened months ago, and its COVID rate per thousand is lower than New York or California per the CDC. The claim about loosening restrictions seems to be true because, within days of Joe Biden’s inauguration, some blue states with the strictest COVID rules have begun to ease their restrictions

A surprising number of mostly blue states and cities have announced a return to indoor dining less than one week after President Biden’s inauguration. “Millions of jobs have been lost,” Biden lamented during his inaugural speech. “Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.”

Some of the hardest-hit have been restaurants and bars, with restrictions or flat-out lockdowns being imposed on those businesses since March of last year.

Many have been put out of business, never to return.

Many businesses were the victims of draconian measures put in place by Democrat politicians. But now, those same politicians are suddenly experiencing a change of heart.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, got the ball rolling just before Biden’s entrance to the White House.

Cuomo, who had micromanaged the pandemic response to extreme degrees – implementing curfews and even dictating what kinds of food were acceptable to eat when out at a bar – suddenly had an epiphany.

“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo announced.


A slew of other blue Democrat politicians has announced relaxing restrictions on restaurants and bars in the five days since President Biden was inaugurated.

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom surprised his state’s residents with an announcement just hours ago “allowing the reopening of outdoor dining, indoor salons.”
  • Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s virus mitigation plan allowed indoor dining to resume over the weekend at limited capacity in Chicago and its Cook County suburbs.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who told residents to stay home during the holidays, also cheered the return of “limited indoor dining and more.”
  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted a ban on indoor dining on Friday.
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Michigan is reopening indoor dining on the first of February.
  • Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced that eateries would reopen for indoor and outdoor dining at a limited capacity last week.

Has the ‘science’ suddenly changed? Is this simply a response to the vaccine created under the guidance of the Trump administration being distributed?

Or is there something else going on here?

The average daily death rates in the United States are actually higher than they were back in April and May of 2020 when many of these businesses were initially shut down.

And while cases are on the decline of late, the New York Times reports that new strains of the coronavirus “could erase progress.”

Seems like Democrats would want to remain cautious rather than plowing ahead with reopenings.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d prefer the economy be opened back up to full capacity. Still, Democrats and the media insisted under President Trump that any suggestion of opening up businesses meant you wanted to kill seniors and children. Of course, most of those Democrats and MSM have let angry Andy Cuomo’s senior massacre off the hook.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough at one point accused Republicans seeking to rescue the American economy of wanting to “euthanize” senior citizens. But it’s Joe Scarborough, a man who donated his brain to science but forgot to tell them to wait till after he died.


“They [Republicans] want to make sure that people that own businesses in their district or in their states will keep giving them campaign contributions,” Scarborough claimed.

“I grew up in a Baptist Church and I heard a lot about abortion on the front end of life and euthanizing seniors on the other side of life,” he continued. “That is killing.”

Anybody care to ask him how he feels about Democrats suddenly becoming the party that wants to see businesses opened back up under President Biden’s reBama administration when they insisted on keeping them shackled under President Trump?  Nah. We’re talking about the guy who switched political parties because Donald Trump made fun of the married woman he was having an affair with (now his wife).

Much of this post was first seen at the Mental Recession.



blue states relax COVID restrictions