It would seem that the latest casualty of the coronavirus is the U.S. Constitution.
“Late-night revelry simply will not be allowed” in St. Petersburg as long as the COVID-19 coronavirus is a threat, Mayor Rick Kriseman said Monday.
The mayor’s comments came while he was announcing a state of emergency for the city of St. Pete. His order, which goes into effect immediately, means no public events, weddings, sporting events, or any other gatherings that draw more than 50 people will be permitted on public or private property.
The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, gave herself the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol after declaring a citywide emergency to address the coronavirus.
Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed the executive order on Thursday declaring a state of emergency for the city. That executive order, which is in line with municipal code, comes with extraordinary powers for the mayor to enact over a short period of time as the city combats the spread of the coronavirus.
Among the powers Feinen gained after signing the executive order was the power to ban the sale of guns, ammunition, alcohol, and gasoline. Feinen could also cut off access to individuals’ gas, water, or electricity. The city also has the ability to “take possession of private property” or order the temporary closing of all bars or liquor stores.
Just two examples from two states, and that’s already half the amendments broken. I could go on, but I’m guessing your Twitter and Facebook feeds have been a constant barrage and you don’t need me adding to it.
But I wonder how long until you’ll be able to watch from your window as tanks and heavily armed National Guard troops march down our deserted streets. Not long, it would seem.
Don’t worry, the government has everything under control – and they are doing this only with the public good in mind.