Democrats U-Turn, Rush to Reopen Economy as Soon as Biden Sworn-In
Anti-Trump Democratic governors reverse course after Biden takes office
As soon as Joe Biden was sworn-in on January 20, many anti-Trump Democratic leaders suddenly reversed course and started to lift COVID-19 restrictions and reopen the economy.
As the pandemic swept across America, several Democrat mayors and governors rejected President Donald Trump's calls to protect public freedoms and livehoods and instead imposed crippling lockdown measures.
Across the United States in early 2020, multiple Democrat-run states and cities imposed what they claimed to be preventative and protective measures to combat the coronavirus.
Businesses, including restaurants, were forced to close in a shutter or limit services, with many being permanently closed as a result.
As soon as Joe Biden was sworn-in to office last week, however, the most pro-lockdown Democrats are now suddenly rushing to reopen the economy and restore public freedom.
Democrats who have steered their cities and states to near economic collapse now seem to have now mysteriously discovered the importance of opening their economies.
Surely, it’s just a coincidence?
California — Gov. Gavin Newsom
Restaurants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Marin counties — almost every Bay Area county — have announced that they will restart outdoor dining immediately.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed also announced that outdoor dining at restaurants in San Francisco would restart on Thursday.
L.A. County will allow outdoor dining to restart on Friday, and San Diego County will also be allowing businesses to partially reopen.
Lifting the statewide stay-at-home order “means counties will return to the colored tier system that existed before December’s order.”
Michigan — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday, January 22nd that bars and indoor dining would be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity.
“Under a new epidemic order that will last from Feb. 1 through Feb. 21, restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer indoor dining at 25% capacity with up to 100 people, and they must close by 10 p.m. each night,” reported The Detroit News.
"Tables must also be six feet apart with no more than six people per table."
Two days after Joe Biden’s inauguration Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer announces bars & restaurants are opening back up. Timing is probably just coincidental. https://t.co/WudSCCzafp— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 23, 2021
New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Speaking on January 11th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reversed his rhetoric on the importance of widespread lockdowns, instead, announcing that businesses must soon reopen.
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high,” Cuomo tweeted.
“We will have nothing left to open.
"We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.”
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Chicago — Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on January 14th that “she wants the city’s bars and restaurants to reopen for indoor service ‘as soon as possible’ and plans to discuss the issue with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, despite the fact that the city hasn’t met the state’s requirements for lifting the restrictions,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
"I am very, very focused on getting our restaurants reopened,” Lightfoot said at a news conference.
"If we look at the various criteria that the state has set, we are meeting most if not all of those.
"So that’s a conversation that I will have with the governor.
"But I want to get our restaurants and our bars reopened as quickly as possible.”
BREAKING: Due to recent progress in the fight against COVID-19, Chicago is now operating under Illinois' Tier 1 mitigations—which includes limited indoor dining and more. To keep easing restrictions, we have to keep following our public health guidance. https://t.co/jmFk2pv2ea pic.twitter.com/PGKSHNp8VU— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 23, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city “will roll back its COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining beginning Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 a.m., allowing restaurants and bars to return to 25% capacity, or no more than 250 people.”
The decision was first announced by D.C. Mayor Bowser’s chief of staff, John Falcicchio.
We are told that breakdown will start in earnest at 6 pm and will likely take about 36 hours.— John J. Falcicchio (@falcicchio) January 20, 2021
That aligns with the end of the Inauguration Pause on indoor dining which is set to expire on Friday, January 22, at 5 am. Restaurants will then be able to return to 25% indoor.
Baltimore — Mayor Brandon Scott
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott “announced that eateries can reopen for indoor and outdoor dining at limited capacity,” beginning at the end of last week.
"The loosened restrictions go into effect Friday morning at 6 a.m,” reported the Baltimore Sun.
"Restaurants and bars will be limited to 50% capacity outside and 25% capacity indoors."