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NIGHT NIGHT! California considering statewide curfew

“We also are considering – full disclosure and a little bit of a preview – the notion of a curfew”

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Is the coronavirus nocturnal? Does it come out to bite when the sun sets? 

California seems to think so. 

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that he is considering implementing a statewide curfew. 

Cases have doubled in the Golden State over the last 10 days, forcing the governor’s office to pull “an emergency brake.” 41 of the state’s 58 counties are now classified as “purple,” the tier of COVID-19 spread requiring the strictest lockdown guidelines. 

Under the purple tier, restaurants, movie theaters and houses of worship are limited to outdoor service only and bars are fully closed. Retail stores can open at 25% capacity with modified operations, Fox Business reports.

“We also are considering – full disclosure and a little bit of a preview – the notion of a curfew,” Newsom said in a press conference. “Before you jump in terms of your mindset of whether that’s a good idea or a bad idea, we are assessing that as well.” 

He added that his team is looking into studies from France, Germany and Saudi Arabia on the “efficacy of their strategies as it relates to curfews,” and referenced “statewide curfews of interest” in Massachusetts and Virginia as examples. Massachusetts implemented a 10 p.m. curfew, while in Virginia, businesses shut down at midnight. 

While the intention is to reduce risky behavior that often occurs during later hours, what does a curfew really accomplish? 

“Viruses are not vampires,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist with Georgetown’s Center for Global Health Science and Security said in an email, according to Slate. 

“If gyms or bars are operating (especially at capacity) prior to 10 p.m., there is still a substantial exposure risk,” she added. 

Curfews may even encourage other high-risk behaviors. 

“Curfews often condense people visiting businesses into a more narrow period of time, which often means more crowding and potential exposures,” Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease epidemiologist at George Mason university said. 

Curfews “could just shift the risky behavior into harder to regulate environments, such as from bars to house parties,” Nuzzo added. 

While discussing the potential curfew, Newsom also said he was aware of concerns from local business owners, and that providing financial support for small business was his “number one priority” when considering the state’s 2021 budget.

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Aaron Rodgers ‘Misty-Eyed’ After Post-COVID Packers Win, Avoids Talking Vaccine ‘What-Ifs’

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After more than a week of hate from the liberal media over having not received the COVID-19 vaccination, Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers shut them up with a major win. Rodgers missed the last Packers game due to having COVID-19, but savored his win on Lambeau Field admitting he was a bit “misty-eyed” as he was greeted with cheers.

Rodgers was 23-for-37 with 292 passing yards and an interception, as Green Bay defeated the Seattle Seahawks 17-0. “I just don’t take these things for granted, walking off the field as a winner. Just walking out with Preston [Smith], who I have so much love and appreciation for, and then hearing that type of response from the crowd, it was a little extra special today,” Rodgers said, via the Packers’ website.

Fox News reports Rodgers created a firestorm with his explanation for being unvaccinated and his reasoning for seeking homeopathic treatments to be “immunized” instead of vaccinated against the coronavirus. He said on his last “Pat McAfee Show” appearance he took responsibility for misleading people.

“Everybody has an opinion and I understand that it’s a very polarizing issue for some individuals but I’m just focusing on the support that I got and it was deep and wide, and greatly appreciated,” Rodgers said Sunday night, via ESPN. “There’s always going to be criticism in this world. I don’t define myself by the criticism but I understand it’s a part of this because this issue is definitely polarizing. But again, I’m just so deeply grateful for all the people that reached out.”

When he was given a hypothetical suggestion about the possibility of missing the Super Bowl because of his vaccination status, Rodgers wasn’t biting on a “what-if” question.

“I don’t really like playing the what-if games. So what I do know is I have more than two months right now where my protocol’s not testing every single day. So that’s kind of the only thing I’m thinking about. I don’t like playing the hypothetical game. Obviously, you’d love to be playing the second weekend in February and hopefully we’re in that position,” he concluded.

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Thousands of Australians Could Have Homes Seized, Bank Accounts Raided for Unpaid Covid Fines

The government is attempting to collect $5.2 million in unpaid fines for covid-19 violations they imposed on citizens

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Australian citizens are not just being told to wear masks or being threatened to lose their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated. They are losing their homes, their money, and anything the government can get ahold of.

The Daily Mail published an article with the headline: “Thousands of Australians with unpaid fines for breaking Covid rules have their homes seized, bank accounts raided and licenses canceled as government chases $5.2 million.”

The lengths the government is prepared to go to in order to recoup the money from people who failed to pay their fines “may include garnishing bank accounts or wages, registering charges over property, or suspending driver licenses” according to the Brisbane Times.

The government is attempting to collect $5.2 million in unpaid fines for covid-19 violations they imposed on citizens. They are doing so with even more crackdowns, threats, and restrictions. Roughly 56.4 percent of the fines have already been paid in full or are being paid off on a payment plan, reports The Daily Mail.

However, the State Penalties Enforcement Register (SPER) is “expected to collect 3,046 unpaid fines from the pandemic on behalf of Queensland Health.” Additionally, “more than 2,755 fines were from individuals and businesses accused of breaking Covid-19 restrictions and the rest either still under investigation or pending payment.”

SPER is also going after repayments on over 2,045 overdue hotel quarantine bills which they say have racked up debt for the state of $5.7 million. “Queenslanders rightly expect travelers will pay for their hotel quarantine stays and not leave taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Queensland Health.

The Daily Mail reports: “The commission debt collectors will make from recovering the unpaid fines is not yet known. Before Queensland required upfront payment for hotel quarantine stays, 44,350 invoices were issued by October 8 with 10.8 percent of bills outstanding.
Those unable to foot the bill can apply for a waiver but others will be referred to debt collectors.”

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