Draconian coronavirus restrictions don’t appear to be going away. Despite ongoing progress with vaccinations against the virus, some government officials keep adding stricter regulations they say will curtail the spread.
But almost everyone is wondering when the government measures will end and question why restrictions are remaining in place if the vaccinations are successful in mitigating the spread of the disease.
In Canada, for instance, the Ottawa government has implemented checkpoints to stop traffic from Quebec from entering the city. Most Canadians are angry over the measures and feel they can’t do much to stop it. They, like their American counterparts, are concerned about civil liberties and government overreach.
One Canadian citizen responded to the post on Twitter by reminding people that “Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. These checkpoints are grossly illegal.”
In the United States, mask mandates continue despite vaccinations and regardless of immunity due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, many public schools and employers are still implementing the same restrictions that initially began during the lockdowns over a year ago when the virus first started to spread in the U.S.
In Canada, residents have voiced their frustrations over the strict regulations that at one point led to the arrest of family members who visited a relatives home despite the nation’s six person gathering rule.
From the Ottawa Citizen Monday:
“Commuters were waiting an hour to get across interprovincial bridges as Ontario’s strict new stay-at-home order takes full effect. On the Quebec side, traffic on Highway 50 was backed up for several kilometres to la Vérendrye Boulevard.Ottawa police were not turning people around or ticketing on Monday, with stops initially aimed at “informing and sensitizing” people about the new restrictions.There are five bridges that connect Ottawa and Gatineau.Officers were also to be stationed at the Quyon and the Bourbonnais ferries.Ottawa police will question Ontario-bound travellers while Gatineau police are expected to screen those bound for Quebec, which has also announced interprovincial border control measures.“
Here’s a video Tweet from journalist Michel Boyer, in Canada that shows the checkpoint.
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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