One unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic is that lawmakers have completely lost the ability to reason.
Admittedly, some lawmakers have difficulty with reasoning to begin with — Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) comes immediately to mind — but others were still able to rub a couple of brain cells together every once in a while.
In Spain, they seem to have completely lost the ability to reason.
In late March, Spanish authorities expanded their already heavy-handed mask mandate to include all people over the age of 6 to wear masks outdoors — even when swimming.
Spain’s mask mandated required face-coverings worn in public — even outdoors — when “social distancing” of 1.5 meters (approximately 5 feet) could not be maintained. The new regulation adopted on March 31 says that masks are to be worn “on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public”. It also does away with the social distancing exemption making them mandatory no matter the distance and adds that they must be worn on the beach and poolside when sunbathing or even when in the water.
Wearing a mask while swimming seems dangerous and…pointless. Weren’t we told that cloth face coverings are useless once they get wet?
And what about all of that mask pollution?
The new law got a whole lot of attention in the United Kingdom since Spain is a not-too-distant vacation hot-spot. However, a vaycay on a Mediterranean beach doesn’t sound so great if you have to slap a cloth on your face the whole time.
Fortunately, there is at least one public health expert that is actually being honest and not siding with the COVIDictators. He says the thing that Floridians could have told you months ago — beaches are safe.
Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, previously told the UK Government’s Science and Technology Committee that despite fears that people flocking to the seaside would be ‘super-spreader’ events, in fact ‘there were no outbreaks linked to crowded beaches’.
‘There’s never been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a beach ever anywhere in the world to the best of my knowledge,’ he said.
‘I think we do have to understand where the risks are so that we can do as much as possible safely.’
Source: Metro UK
That last line is precisely right — we need to understand where risks are and do as much as we can safely.
Risks are not significant at the beach or in schools, but nursing homes are a whole other story.
We just aren’t allowed to say that without being charged with spreading “dangerous and derogatory content.”