A thing happened in my city this weekend.
I was not involved.
I remained in my home away from people.
My only contact with the outside world was via texting with friends and mom.
T was here-he was my in person contact.
I am not overreacting.
I am following a health order put in place by my gov’t to help curtail the massive explosion of Covid cases we are experiencing.
I am not going to rant.
I am not going to rave.
I am bloody embarrassed.😔😔😔
I am a little peeved only instead of telling you now why you must read on.
We have become a meme.
And not the good type of meme.
We have made the news.
We have made the headlines.
Not in the good way.
Saturday an Anti-Mask rally was held in Steinbach.
It began quietly enough but by Friday it was a three ring circus about to explode.🎩🎩🎩🎩
Mockery was being made.
Eyes were being rolled.👀👀
City said no one has spoken with them.
No parade permit was filed for.
Saturday a lot more people show up than I think was expected.
No counter protests.
A few drive bys but they moved along.
Yet when tickets began to be handed out people began to curse at/yell at the officers doing their work.
It has been alleged that someone even backed into one of the conservation officers handing out tickets.
Every and all government enforcement agencies have been called in to help as there are not enough officers to go around.
We are currently in a critical zone.
All of Manitoba.
In my little corner of the world we are on fire.🔥🔥🔥
Our hospital is overrun.
There is consideration that if this is not brought under control our arena may have to be converted.
Individuals are waiting in their vehicles to be triaged/info taken because we have no room inside the hospital.
Our Front Liners are burning out.
On their feet for 11-12 hours.
Barely time to eat.
There is a Public Health Order in Effect.
Avoid going out unnecessarily.
When shopping only one family member from the household should go shopping.
It limits the size of groups meeting both indoors and out.
No more than 5 people.
On Saturday crowd size varies from 100 to a few 100 to over 500.
Depends on who you are.
Depends on what you read.
What is true is there were over 5 people.
Many of whom were not masked nor were they practicing social distancing.
Fast forward to Sunday.
Backlash begins to makes its rounds.
Called out by the Premier.
Called out by the top Doc.
Called out by everyone.
Fines to be mailed out.
Yes that too is part of the Public Health Order.
Individuals found to be in breach can be fined $1296.
That right there is a whole lot of money for a whole lot of…..
I will be nice because everyone has a right to protest.
Everyone has a right to live their lives the way that they want to.
Everyone can do whatever they want.
Within the guidelines not only of what is laid out by law but by how one’s moral compass swings.
Not everyone is able to wear a mask.
Due to medical reasons.
Which is none of our business.
What is our business is our awareness that there are those who have a condition that requires them to forfeit the protection masks afford the rest of us.
By choosing to ignore this fact/rant that your freedoms and rights are being taken/striped away…..
Tells me a lot about the person you are.
Next up disavowal of rally.
Was not anyone from the city involved.
All out of towners coming here to stir up trouble.
Not the heart of our community.
Not the reality of our city.
But it is.
There are people who feel this way right here in the midst of our city.
You cannot go from being quiet and passive to aggressively stating that no one from here was involved in any way.
Suck it up.
Being the latest meme.
The one that says look at these idiots.
Who allowed them out on the playground?
But I am not blind.
There are pictures.
And I am not stupid.
I mean really do you think we are stupid????🤣🤣
I took and still do take offense to the point of fingers.
To the scapegoating.
Who cares where these people came from?
Come they did.
Protest they did.
Not really peacefully but they were here.
If there had really been a problem with them putting it on it would have been broken up immediately.
By Public Health Order.
But it was allowed to continue.
As was their right.
I think that the only reason that there is now a push is that we are front and center in the mockery ring and some are feeling the scorch of flames at their feet.
Have a terrific Tuesday all.
It is going to be another slow day at work I am hoping as customers continue for the most part to continue the public health orders.
But that is okay there is always something for me to do.
Meme was forwarded to me by a friend.