California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a new round of COVID related restrictions, including a stay-at-home order with a curfew. There are exceptions to the rules, however.

The entertainment industry is exempted for some strange reason.

Does this count as liberal privilege?

Tom Tapp writes at Deadline:

Entertainment Industry Workers Exempt From California Governor Gavin Newsom’s New Stay-At-Home Order

In light of an unprecedented rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a limited stay-at-home order. The order requires “generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier.” That means basically every county in Southern California and 94% of the state’s population.

But Newsom’s office told Deadline on Thursday that the order (read it here) did not apply to entertainment industry workers, who are on the list of essential workers and thus an exception to the rule…

On that list of exemptions, under “Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services,” there is essential worker designation 15 which reads, “Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow covid-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.”

Karen Townsend of Hot Air offers a possible explanation for this:

It’s hard to not be cynical here and assume that the governor was pressured by the industry to allow them to continue to operate. Lots of television shows and some movie productions have resumed in recent weeks. You may be noticing some of your favorite shows beginning to offer a new season of episodes over the last week or two. The industry is slowly getting back to work. The entertainment industry unions and guilds contribute to Democrats, as do the majority of politically active actors, directors, producers, writers, and so on. He is probably feeling the heat to keep productions open during the night and early morning hours, too.

Meanwhile, houses of worship in California are still struggling to open.

Nicholas Rowan writes at the Washington Examiner:

California churches appeal to Supreme Court after governor tightens coronavirus restrictions

Two California churches on Friday appealed to the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions, days after the state revamped its shutdown orders.

The appeal, which came in the same week a group of Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues submitted a similar petition to the Supreme Court, accuses Newsom of imposing his gathering restrictions unfairly and violating the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. The Supreme Court this summer rejected two other such petitions from churches in Nevada and California, respectively.

Newsom announced on Monday that he is pulling the “emergency brake” on the state and moving 41 of its 58 counties back into the most strict shutdown stage. The churches, Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, both of which have campuses in affected counties, alleged that the new restrictions open a new front in their nine-month battle with Newsom.

Hollywood is being exempted in the same way as left-wing protest groups like Black Lives Matter. We are living in a country where certain groups are being afforded special rights, according to their politics.

It’s un-American, and people should stop putting up with it.

 

 
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