The rising crime wave, supply chain problems, and the labor shortage that emerged during the coronavirus pandemic continue to rage on in the U.S., but even as the country emerges from the pandemic, some local governments, like Santa Monica, California continue to prioritize objectives like enforcing mask mandates.
One would think it’s still March 2020 in Santa Monica, with the city tweeting a reminder to residents on Thursday that they can report issues with face mask compliance to 3-1-1.
“If you’re out and about and notice a business isn’t making sure their customers are in compliance with the mask mandate, you can call 3-1-1, and they will send one of our Health Ambassadors do a business check,” the city tweeted.
Notably, 87 percent of Santa Monica residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 80 percent of all residents are fully vaccinated, 92 percent of those between the ages of 12-17 are fully vaccinated, and 91 percent of those ages 65 and up are also fully vaccinated.
Despite their total, fully vaccinated rate being well above the U.S. full vaccination average of 58 percent, the city extended local emergency orders through January 31, 2022. Those orders also extend eviction protections for reasons other than nonpayment of rent and renews the landlord’s eviction reporting requirement.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.487.0_en.html#goog_59907008https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.487.0_en.html#goog_779816171Ads by
“As we enter the holiday season and we once again gather safely with friends and loved ones, remember that COVID-19 remains a serious threat and there are measures we can take to prevent its spread. Get the COVID-19 vaccine or booster if you are eligible and remember to schedule a flu shot. Enjoy celebrations outside and if moving indoors, ensure your company is vaccinated. Thank you to the nearly 87 percent of our community who has received the COVID-19 vaccine,” City Manager David White said in a press release.
Twitter users obliterated the City of Santa Monica for their mask compliance tweet, some calling them a nanny-state while others compared them to Nazi Germany.
“You know, there’s a reason people refer to Santa Monica as ‘The People’s Republic of Soviet Monica,’” one user tweeted.
“Glad you guys have solved all the other problems in the city and now can spend time and money harassing the nearly entirely vaccinated population. Good work,” another added.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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Boston unveils the ‘Be Together’ initiative, requiring full vaccination for entry to restaurants, gyms, and sports arenas for anyone 12 and older. In March the mandate will phase-in for younger children.