Our Moscow City Council recently extended their masking order until October, thus demonstrating that they do not at all understand who they have become in the story. And then, to compound their lack of self-awareness woes, they then took out an ad in the paper encouraging citizens to snitch on Anybody They Saw Out There Who Was Apparently Not Complying.
Because if anything identifies you as the good guy in the story, it is encouraging all and sundry to aspire to high and lofty office of ratfink.
Now somebody is going to rush in to ask “so why don’t you guys just comply already?” If you have been reading my lucid prose in this space over the last few months, you will have already read through reasons ample enough. So lest you get weary of any possible repetition, let me give you a new one.
The masking order is unworkable and, if I may coin a word, uncompliable in any consistent fashion. What can be done is to identify and tag certain individuals as those not complying, and for political reasons, to let another category of the non-complying go. What I mean is this: the masking order says to mask up if you cannot maintain social distancing in a public space. It also exempts from mask-wearing those with medical conditions (deafness, asthma, etc.). The first part is over-enforced (stores not letting you in at all without a mask) and yet the second part is blithely disregarded.
I wrote our mayor and city supervisor over multiple reports I received from members of our community who were unceremoniously booted from various establishments, and these were individuals with legit exemptions. So if you are deaf, you don’t get to shop for groceries. Correct that. One grocery store allows you in under the exemption if you carry a sign around with you, notifying the public about your disability.
I will let you all know if and when I hear back from the mayor or city supervisor.
If the City of Moscow doesn’t care about enforcing respect for the exemptions in their order, then the City of Moscow doesn’t respect their order any more than anybody else.
I am leaving the comments on this post open for a very particular purpose. If you have an exemption and were booted from a store here in Moscow, or if you were not allowed into a store despite being in compliance with the order, please feel free to note it here. I will remove any comments from trolls, and will try to discourage any slap fight debates.