“I believe that if life gives you lemons make lemonade. Try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka and have a party.” — Ron White.
First off a very Happy New Year from partner Susan and myself. May the new year offer you health, wealth, prosperity and more importantly peace of mind.
As we go into round number two with this current COVID pandemic there are a few things you should be noticing.
While the majority of sane people in the world are deciding to either continue to wear masks or wait patiently to get their vaccination there are still numbskulls out there who staunchly refuse to wear a mask and view the vaccine as a tool to infect the world population with a deadly disease.
Municipalities are trying to enforce the “mask up” directive and to that end my city, Edmonton Alberta, hired forty new police constables whose job it is to enforce the mask protective policy. That is there sole duty at the time of this writing.
Where I live there is a dire need for an increased police presence but the powers that be have decided that the additional police assignments target folks who let their common sense and mask slip beneath their very noses.
There are two person squads patrolling streets looking for anyone and everyone who lets their guard and their mask down. The fine for such an infraction is currently set at $1,000. If you caught hosting such a party your guests are each fined that amount while you are facing a $10,000 fine.
In West Edmonton Mall I noticed a couple receiving a ticket for the minimum fine. I guess they forgot that we are in the middle of a pandemic and let their vigilance stray for only a moment. But it cost them.
I realize that this is a drastic step that municipalities are taking to protect their citizens from the deadly virus but do you think that city fathers could up the ante because they realize the virus offers an opportunity to rake in the bucks for city coffers. City coppers increasing the city coffers?
My city is currently in a sate of lockdown until the middle of January. Non essential businesses are closed and the boredom of not being able to enjoy life on a daily basis is helping folks forget about social distancing and all the other imposed restrictions.
Hopefully by mid January the restrictions will ease up and a semblance of normalcy will return.
What is it like where you live.? Have police patrols turned their directive from fighting crime to battling folks who let their guard down and their pocketbook open for stiff fines?
Are you considering getting the COVID vaccine when it becomes available?
Let me know what you think.