Funny how things work in the world of Leftism. Despite the surge in WuFlu cases, New York Dictator Andrew Cuomo decided to reopen the restaurants.
So indoor dining will resume on Valentine’s Day.
But wait, Batman! Cuomo is reopening despite nearly every Wuflu metric being worse than it was when he banned indoor dining in the first place.
Here are the numbers.
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When Cuomo announced Dec. 11 that indoor dining would be banned in New York City, the 7-day average of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the city was 40.2, according to data from the New York Times. When Cuomo announced Jan. 29 that indoor dining could resume, the infection rate was 66.1 – 64% higher than the average per-capita case counts in December.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said on Friday that New York City could reopen indoor dining on Feb. 14. But by nearly every measure, the coronavirus outbreak in the city is worse than it was when he announced a ban on indoor dining in December.https://t.co/L4c3DyRLLW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 2, 2021
Further, average hospitalizations per 100,000 people also rose from December to January.
A few bullet points:
- There was a 7-day average of 209 coronavirus hospitalizations per 100,000 people on Dec. 11.
- By comparison, on Jan. 28, the 7-day average was 335 hospitalizations, according to the New York Times.
- The 7-day average test positivity rate was 4.0% when the ban was announced, and 5.3% when it was announced that the ban would be lifted.
What gives? Why the sudden change by Cuomo, particularly when all the “science” suggests he do the opposite?
The Cost is Too High!
Finally, a little common sense steps in. But I have a feeling Cuomo knew this all along. There is no way to sustain an economy that was shut down. It’s the same thing conservatives have been saying for the past year! But now, Cuomo wants to play the hero.
In fact, he took his new found smarts to Twitter.
The Democratic governor suggested it was unreasonable to expect the state’s economy to stay closed until the vaccine “hits critical mass.”
“The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
Isn’t that amazing?
Under President Trump, Cuomo was certain shut-downs were the only way. Suddenly, a new president brings a new perspective. Talk about conveniently changing your mind.
Unfortunately for Cuomo, most people see through his ploy to destroy the Big Apple.
Reactions to the governor’s stance were harsh.
“Unbelievable. That’s a hell of a pivot,” responded one Twitter user.
“Oh no … You do not get to cast yourself as the champion of business 10 months after you ruined everyone,” wrote another Twitter user, whose profile lists him as a New York City lawyer.
“Too late. You already smashed every small business in NY. You alone. If this wasn’t so sad, it would be such a hilarious statement,” wrote another.
Many accused the governor of waiting to reopen the economy until after the November election.
“Wow, it’s almost like we were held hostage for close to a year to secure an election,” wrote New York-based comedian Pete Burdette.
“The timing of this proclamation is interesting and somewhat amusing. Why the change of heart? What has changed?” read one comment, to which another person replied: “(Well) given the inauguration is in a week and the fact that the Democrats now own the economy, what do you think?”
Too bad Cuomo will never be held responsible for the millions of businesses that failed before his epiphany came to be.