Just when America thought the political world couldn’t possibly get any more confusing and ridiculous, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proved us all wrong with a stunning announcement this week concerning the state of the COVID-19 crisis in his state.
According to Breitbart, with just nine days left of President Donald Trump’s term in the White House, the New York governor announced that he’s quitting his nearly year-long pro-lockdown crusade, writing in a tweet that the “cost is too high” to keep businesses in his state closed, even warning that many might never open again as a result.
With New York citizens experiencing some of the strictest lockdown measures in the midst of the pandemic, Cuomo’s sudden change of heart, unsurprisingly, took many by surprise.
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,” Cuomo tweeted. “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.”
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
Not long ago, as the pandemic spread across the state like wildfire and especially throughout New York City with a mounting death toll, Cuomo warned business owners in the state that negative actions would be taken against them if they were repeat violators of the lockdown measures.
The governor even threatened to publish the names of businesses who were repeated violators of the lockdowns. “We’re also going to post the names of the establishments facing disciplinary charges,” Cuomo said in July.
Adding to the extreme pushback of Cuomo’s strict lockdowns, the United States Supreme Court recently found that the orders unfairly discriminated against certain religious communities, including New York’s large Orthodox Jewish community, who claimed that they were discriminated against.
The timing of Cuomo’s sudden change of heart lends some level of vindication to many who claimed that once the 2020 election was wrapped up that the lockdown efforts would be relaxed.