Friday , January 15 2021

Curfew: we skipped the last call stage

The curfew imposed on the population of Quebec as a preventive measure against COVID-19 frustrates more than one. True, this is an extreme measure.

Considering the increase in the number of cases and the risk of overflow more than real of the health system, the curfew can be explained. But everything would have been much easier if we had not skipped a step, that of the last call.

It’s 3 a.m., we’re closing!

“LAST CALL! It’s time for big sips! It’s 3 a.m., we’re closing! “

If you’ve been to as many bars as I have, you know the song. Before turning on the lights and putting the chairs on the tables, the good bartender-confessor gives his notice.

When your favorite innkeeper announces the last call, you know the party is over. Happy, not happy, it’s time.

Well that our good government did not want to say.

“Quebeckers, the party is over. As of Saturday, the police will no longer distribute warnings. No more negotiations, it’s time for tickets. (Seems like it’s a good line, besides …)

Punish everyone for a minority

Not many recalcitrant walk the streets on Saturday night, but luckily they were fined.

If statements of offense had been issued more quickly in this pandemic, would we be living this surreal curfew?

And do we really believe that it is this measure more psychological than anything else that will bend the curve?

By Doctor Arruda’s own admission, nothing proves that the curfew has any effectiveness other than sending a clear signal, to make an impression. With all due respect, I submit that a fine of $ 1000 also marks the wallet, often more sensitive than the ciboulot.

Quebec will not back down on this new strategy, but it is disappointing that we have come to this even before having exhausted all other options.

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