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Mayor Garcetti cracks down on unnecessary walking in order to curb COVID… or something

Perhaps because they love power, or maybe really have no idea what else to do, our politicians, especially Democrats, have generated much silliness, confusion and anger in trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

They’ve applauded mobs protesting “systemic” racism, but said you cannot go to church or attend weddings or funerals. They’ve ordered mask-wearing in the privacy of your own home. They’ve closed parks and other public recreation areas after it was known that sunshine and fresh air helped fend off the virus, while circulating indoor air facilitated its spread. They’ve even encouraged us to reject vaccines just because the Trump administration created it.

But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has elevated the goofiness to a new level.

After Los Angeles County officials announced they were banning outdoor dining, even if socially distanced, Garcetti decided he would ban … walking.

“Our city is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” Garcetti wrote in an emergency order that was issued on Wednesday.

“These unfortunate facts about the spread of COVID-19 in our City mean that we must resume some of the more restrictive measures we instituted in the Spring.”

“We must minimize contact with others as much as possible,” he added. “Even if you believe that the virus does not present a particular threat to you, consider the impact that your choices have on others.”

So, what are those “more restrictive measures”?

Well, since “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes,” and all businesses that rely on in-person visits are to “cease operations,” according to the order, “all travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit” is outlawed.

One might ask: How do you get anywhere in Los Angeles, a city that has been dependent on, and defined by, travel by car?

Well, the order contains exceptions – dozens of them, in fact.

Demonstrating the silliness, Los Angelenos can still golf or play tennis, visit a park or trail and go to the beach to swim, surf and – get this – walk, even though Garcetti banned “travel on foot.”

Garcetti’s order also retains requirements on masks, which have been in place since at least June. Which is curious. As Fortune magazine reported in discussing Garcetti’s order, “Los Angeles County has the most infections of any county in the U.S., with 408,396 confirmed cases and 7,700 deaths.”

If mandated masks and other steps really worked, we would expect California – which has had some of the toughest restrictions in place for longer than many states, including other blue ones – to be “crushing” the virus.

But that’s not happening. The trend looks remarkably similar across states, red and blue: little virus, a summertime spike, a fall lull and a recent spike, to previous, if not unprecedented levels.

Perhaps, as the journalist Alex Berenson says, the virus gonna virus.

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