L.A. Mayor Garcetti Admits ‘There is a Connection’ Between Coronoavirus Outbreak and Black Lives Matter Protests
“… but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer – we just have to be smart.”
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti finally admitted that there is a connection between the uptick of the coronavirus in California and the Black Lives Matter protests:
“I talked again with Dr. Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,” he said. “It’s not the act of protesting – that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is… but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer – we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change.”
He added, “We do believe there is a connection, we don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely and wherever you can, please stay at home.”
Wait a second. You mean to tell me that the virus does not care if you’re eating out, shopping, or at a protest?
The way everyone spoke about the uptick in cases I started to believe that the virus had the ability to pick and choose who it infected.
Honestly, I got sick of both sides on this subject. The left said it had everything to do with reopening and not the protests. The right said the opposite.
I’m sitting here like, “Why can’t it be both?!”
Both Ferrer and Garcetti tried to pretend that the mayor and others never downplayed the link:
After being asked earlier in the video if government officials were downplaying the protests’ effect on coronavirus stats, she said, “We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time – which long for us means more than 15 minutes – where you’re in close contact with people, less than six feet apart and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader.”
Excuse me, ma’am. Garcetti said something different on Tuesday:
“We follow the data closely. There’s no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread though it’s something that Doctor Ferrer has hypothesized, but we haven’t seen any conclusive evidence there.
People still can obviously and should exercise their First Amendment rights. This is a critical moment not to let up with that,” he [Garcetti] said.
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