It’s nighttime in Paris. You’re hungry and all of the stores are closed. You call up and order a delivery of sizzling hot tacos. The delivery man knocks on the door. You take the bag and pay the money. You open the tacos, and the first thing you notice is that they are not sizzling hot. They’re cold and all smashed up. But you’re hungry and they’ll do. You take a bite, but something is wrong. You feel a tingle in your spine. Then you realize: these tacos are filled with coronavirus.
Within minutes, you’re dead.
Paris will ban delivery and takeaway services for prepared food and alcohol between 10pm and 6am from Friday to curb the worsening Covid-19 pandemic, the police prefecture has announced.
In a statement on Thursday, police officials said the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks in public spaces during those hours would also be banned.
Earlier in the day, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the new restrictions were necessary to prevent people from gathering outside food outlets in the French capital.
The new curbs will come on top of the existing national lockdown that has been imposed throughout France.
President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new lockdown last month, forcing non-essential shops – such as those not selling basic foods or medicines – to close, and making people use signed documents to justify being out on the streets.
Nevertheless, French authorities believed more measures were needed in Paris as they felt there were still too many people out in the capital late at night, in spite of the lockdown.
A French government source told Reuters this week that they had noted in Paris “clandestine parties, raves, private dinners”, and felt stricter measures were needed.
“When you get people who are not playing by the rules of the game, and are therefore putting at risk the health of a large number of people, that is when you need to put in place new restrictions,” Hidalgo said.
It’s the only way.
Soon, America will have a leader brave and decisive enough to collectively punish us for the sins of the people who do not fully submit to the virus order.
I can’t wait to be brutally collectively punished for the sins of others who have violated the laws of this totally real pandemic.