San Mateo County is on the COVID-19 “watch list,” and the city of Burlingame is discontinuing the Friday night Burlingame Avenue street closure, telling residents it is because “many people have been ignoring mask requirements and gathering in large groups without masks.” Blaming people for a rise in case count due to not wearing a mask, is absolutely disingenuous when the data clearly shows that cases have increased since masks were mandated.
If Burlingame is looking to place blame for the empty storefronts and shuttered businesses, look at city officials who refused to push back on the draconian restrictions when it was clear our health services were not being overwhelmed and we could mitigate the virus with limited measures.
If Burlingame wants to shut down businesses again, city officials need to take responsibility for the economic and social degradation. Burlingame residents can only fix the damage done by city, county and state governments when we are set free.
We’ve put up with our parks being fenced in, our libraries closed, our schools shut down — when is it enough? How many more sacrifices do we have to make? Wearing masks has not, and will not, save us. Protect the elderly and infirmed, and let us live our lives.