Governor Andrew Cuomo Is A Coward
As the country prepares for the holidays, more than 10 million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 240,200 have died, according to the New York Times. In New York, we’re facing a positive case rate of 2.93%, almost where we were back in early June when the city was still in lockdown. And yet, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo insists that we are only facing a “surge.” Honey, let’s call it what it is: the second wave.
The second wave does not care about Cuomo’s little 10 p.m. curfew for gyms, bars, and restaurants, which he announced early Wednesday afternoon. (Fun fact: COVID-19 does not have a bedtime.) Instead of closing down gyms and indoor dining, Cuomo has chosen arbitrary rules that make it seem like he’s doing something. He could be, I don’t know, advocating for another stimulus package or passing rent and mortgage relief so people don’t have to risk their lives to pay their bills, but I guess this will do, right?
Cuomo has also refused to outright acknowledge the likelihood that Thanksgiving will be a disaster for keeping numbers low (eating indoors with loved ones who have traveled to see you seems bad!). Nope, according to the governor, keeping indoor gatherings to just 10 people will be safe. I’m sorry, but who is seeing 10 people all at once in their homes right now? The reality is that the more people you have contact with, the more you have to accept their contacts (and their contacts’ contacts). Even a “small” gathering can spread the virus. He hasn’t even told folks to not travel.
What we need from our leaders right now — and this includes Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also famously a wimp — is clear messaging and action. Just tell us that we shouldn’t be celebrating Thanksgiving with anyone outside our immediate household. I know it’s an extremely unpopular position to take, but it’s a sacrifice we have to make, given that our current president doesn’t believe in science and because Congress will unlikely pass another stimulus bill. We’re at a moment where our decisions will define the next few months. New York has only done “well” in the past few months because we made tough choices, but now we’re getting too lax. We can’t get sloppy when the rest of the country is spiking. Not now, not ever.