The Tale of Two Cities: Reinstating Mask Mandates and Lockdowns

As we approach another election season, the specter of COVID-19 continues to cast a long shadow over our daily lives.

The resurgence of mask mandates and temporary lockdowns is becoming increasingly evident across the nation, with Hollywood studio Lionsgate and a school district in South Texas leading the charge.

Lionsgate reinstated a mask mandate for nearly half of its workforce at its flagship office in Santa Monica, California.

Meanwhile, in South Texas, just outside of San Antonio, a school district temporarily shut its doors, due to a sudden increase in COVID cases.

Runge ISD closed down this week, with plans to reopen on Tuesday, August 29, following the detection of 10 COVID cases among teachers and staff members. This closure also led to the suspension of extracurricular activities, further disrupting the educational experience of students.

Superintendent Hector Dominguez Jr. emphasized the importance of safety in his statement, saying, “The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community is a top priority.”

This sentiment echoes the concerns of many educators nationwide as they grapple with the challenges of providing quality education amidst a public health crisis.

In addition to closures and mask mandates, other disruptive measures such as contact tracing and social distancing rules are making a comeback.

In Atlanta, Morris Brown College, a private institution, announced it will require students and employees to wear face masks on campus once again.

This decision was made just a week after classes began and will be in effect for two weeks, despite there being no reported COVID cases on campus.

On the other hand, Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey has taken a more stringent approach by confirming it will disenroll students who refuse to comply with their vaccine requirement.

This bold move highlights the increasing pressure on universities to bring back controversial measures, even if it means making decisions that may not be popular or based in science.

This article appeared in The Patriot Brief and has been published here with permission.

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