New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is continuing to keep some restaurants, entertainment facilities, and religious institutions closed amid the coronavirus pandemic but has allowed thousands of people to march, arm-in-arm through the streets of his city without issue.
If he’s worried about coronavirus infections spreading, then one could reason social distancing guidelines should apply to everyone.
In New York City, @BilldeBlasio has closed schools, playgrounds, bars, libraries, and swimming in the ocean.
Large, non-socially-distant protests are allowed. pic.twitter.com/oT3OzVatRR
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 15, 2020
One could also reason he’d be looking to collect as much accurate information as possible when it comes to the coronavirus and how people are getting infected.
This is not the case, however, as The City reports the mayor has specifically told coronavirus tracers not to ask those people who test positive if they participated in a protest.
From the report:
The hundreds of contact tracing workers hired by the city under de Blasio’s new “test and trace” campaign have been instructed not to ask anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 whether they recently attended a demonstration, City Hall confirmed to THE CITY.
“No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio, wrote in an emailed response to questions by THE CITY.
Instead, test-and-trace workers ask COVID-positive individuals general questions to help them “recall ‘contacts’ and individuals they may have exposed,” Cohen said. Among the initial questions: “Do you live with anyone in your home?”
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Dem run NYC is instructing contact tracers to not ask people if they joined protests/riots bc they don’t want any stats/evidence proving protests led to a corona spike.
Much easier for them to blame biz owners & church goers.
Manipulative Dem hacks! https://t.co/HPpwAmtYW6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 15, 2020
The spokesperson said the tracers’ hands are tied on requesting the information, but those who test positive for the coronavirus can volunteer it.
“If a person wants to proactively offer that information, there is an opportunity for them to do so,” Cohen said.
In case you’re wondering what the rules of social distancing are: the churches are still closed but Democrat marches are just fine. https://t.co/5UPcyuHreU
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) June 15, 2020
Yet, in this state and others headed by liberal governors, people have been arrested for trying to feed their families, publicly shamed for being “selfish”, businesses shut, kids out of school. All the while, deaths & transparency in nursing homes keep going on unchecked https://t.co/5OgvG86Fes
— Scott Taylor TEXT “Taylor” to 41411 (@Scotttaylorva) June 15, 2020
Follow the science https://t.co/SlR7LVEs2C
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) June 15, 2020
According to the report, the idea not to ask people if they attended a protest comes down to a trust issue between the interviewer and interviewee for honest and accurate answers:
Dr. S. Patrick Kachur, a professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a former official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said contact trackers face a balancing act: trying to obtain useful information about an infected person’s contacts without alienating them with overly intrusive questions.
Asking someone if they’d been at a protest could wind up discouraging them from being candid in their answers, he noted.
“I think the logic has to do with the fact that contact tracing requires a strong level of trust between the interviewer and the person they’re talking to,” he said. “It’s really important to have a good rapport and treat people with ease. It’s important to not ask questions that will impede your ability to do the best job you can.”