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Bailey Jones

"The city from now on will police such violations by issuing citations to patrons, not establishment owners" - this makes more sense. Do city police still carry bullhorns? It seems like bullhorns would work as well as citations, or better. And the officers could stay in their cars.

Carlos Ponce

I'm surprised bailey didn't post "SEND IN THE DRONES!"

Walter Dannenmaier

Or we could get on about accepting that there was an hysterical over-reaction to the early reports and projections. And before the "we're all at risk of dying" chorus tunes up, someone please point me to the cluster of deaths that originate from Kroger, Randalls, Arlans, Specs, and especially Home Depot. I don't think you can. It was hysteria, and we put 15% of the country (so far) out of work because of it.

Gary Miller

Walter> Most of the local rules were historical responses. Most haven't done anything except teach citizens how to be obedient subjects. Citizens resist, subjects OBEY.

Wayne D Holt

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Wayne D Holt

The City has offered zero public proof of any of the underlying "threats" to public health that supports the idea of emergency restrictions at the ridiculous levels they have gone to. Zero. What we've gotten is a continuous tape loop of the words, "Abundance of caution" as a mantra evidently intended to distract us from asking for hard data.

We now know the beaches were never of any concern to the City as public health hazards. We also know plague-ridden metro Houston (Harris County) has ten times fewer proven cases of the virus as a percentage of their population than Galveston County has yet, incredibly, City officials are still trotting out the idea that we are being held hostage to Harris County because of their threat to us. Like a zombie popping out of the ground, no matter how many times you hit this misinformation in the head with a shovel it just won't die. The virus clinical case rate as a percent of our county's population is in the ten-thousandths of one percent as of April 21.

Personal experience: I was sitting in a city parking lot on a rainy day, about 50 yards from the beach, in a car with windows rolled up eating a slice of pizza with no other cars there. Some nice folks in an official vehicle rolled up to tell me I had to leave. I defy anyone reading this to point out what the public health hazard could conceivably be under those circumstances.

What has been lost in this narrative of emergency powers is there actually has to be an emergency to justify even considering one. The only emergency we are facing now is the one that government put us into by creating an emergency that wasn't justified by the data.

There comes a point where adults, Americans, simply have to say, "No more of this insanity." We have acquiesced to an hysteria that would have been very familiar to the residents of Salem. We have allowed our entire economy to be thrown back 90 years to a level of depression that was a national trauma we still talk about...and the present one is shaping up to be even worse.

How much more of this national suicide are we willing to tolerate from our national, state, county and city political class? You are beginning to see even sheriffs and police departments beginning to push back against the mind-boggling level of control the political class claims they have the right to impose.

Enough. No more. It's time to free America and lockdown government for this unfolding nightmare.

David Schuler

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David Bloom

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James Lippert

Another galveston tar ball in the making.

Doug Sivyer

I agree this "police your own lots" puts restaurant associates in a less than hospitable view to patrons they are asking to move. However there should be some shared responsibility. Restaurants should be required to provide signage encouraging distancing and the police could drive by during peak times and reinforce the idea with bull horns. I have been out this past weekend to grocery stores, Randall's Kroger, Lowes, and was surprised to see that many people seem to have abandoned their use of face coverings and distancing. I believe some have fallen into a false sense of security due to a couple rouge states opening their restaurants to inside dining, hair saloons, movie theaters etc.. This pandemic is far from over and it's proven that distancing and face covering is an effective safeguard if the fight against the spread of this nasty virus. I don't understand this irresponsible behavior and encourage all citizens to practice this sensible precautions when in public around groups of people.

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