Here we go with round two of coronavirus fear-mongering. Golden State Governor Gavin Newsom wants to re-close bars across several California counties. Now, let’s keep this in chronological perspective. When the virus first hit California in March, bars were the first businesses to pre-emptively close to “protect” patrons from the coronavirus. Then, following that, restaurants, gyms, “non-essential” businesses and workplaces, and other similar institutions closed as well. If Newsom closes bars again, does it set the stage for him to force other businesses to follow amid a “spike” of COVID cases? America can’t sustain this kind of inconsistency.

Over the weekend, Newsom and the state public health director Dr. Sonia Angell announced the re-closure of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles, Tulare, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, and San Joaquin. More counties such as Riverside, Sacramento, and Santa Clara were advised to do the same. This comes about two weeks after bars reopened at limited capacity throughout the state.

Newsom said in a statement, “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” he continued, “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.”

To justify the mandate, Newsom is touting a positive test rate of about 5.7%, prompting the move to close all the bars. He wrote on Twitter, “NEW: Yesterday CA conducted over 76k #COVID19 tests. Positivity rate: 5.7% over 7 days. That rate in Imperial County, however, is at 23%. Hospitals there are overwhelmed. So today we’re working with the county to reinstate a stay at home order. We have to take this seriously.”

This governor is drunk on power, especially following the controversial statewide face mask mandate he implemented for all who reside in the state of California. After taking this draconian action, he blamed “inappropriate individual behavior” for the spike in cases.

By that logic, people should never be able to gather again in any capacity because this virus will not simply “disappear” as long as we continue going to even just “essential” businesses. Cases rose even DURING the lockdowns, so Newsom owes Californians a better explanation for doing it again. In my opinion, there is no reason to re-close any area because of a “spike” because that can go on indefinitely.

This defeats the purpose of the original shutdown, which was justified with a few reasons: 1) lack of information, 2) hospitals were not prepared, and 3) we did not have testing. Now, three months later, we have all of that, hence our reopening. There is no reason to shut down again.  As soon as we re-open, there will be spikes in cases, but we can’t close up shop again and wait around just to re-open once more and repeat the cycle. This cycle will just deplete more and more businesses, cause unemployment, and foster instability in people’s lives. According to many doctors, we have more of a suicide and depression crisis than a coronavirus pandemic.

We need to allow people to take their own chances. That’s freedom. That’s America. People who are at risk should stay home or take precautions when going out. We can’t keep putting ourselves in this never-ending cycle of closing and opening.

America’s mental and economic health cannot sustain it.