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Beginning with the draconian lockdowns when the COVID War was launched from China in celebration of its Lunar New Year 2020, with each new day there are new orders imposed upon civilization to fight the never ending battles.
In addition to articles in this and previous Trends Journals, here is list of some additional COVID Rules You Must Obey:
- Netflix has declared that vaccinations are now mandatory for cast and crew of all productions, as well as anyone who comes in contact with them (presumably vendors, caterers etc.).
- Indoor patrons at units of restaurateur Danny Meyer's Union Sq. Hospitality Group (18 NYC properties, including Gramercy Tavern, Shake Shack and Union Sq. Cafe) must show proof of vaccination; so, too, must employees, who have 45 days to comply or find themselves unemployed. Mayor Bill de Blasio says "all options are on the table" and that the city has the power to make sure that "people who want to do things in NYC will need to be vaccinated."
- Saudi Arabia requires proof of at least one vaccine dose (displayable on a mobile phone app) for admittance to public and private venues including schools, shops, markets, malls, restaurants, cafes, concerts and public transportation. Italy now has a similar program, known as the "Green Pass," which serves to greatly limit the activities of the unvaxxed.
- Travelers arriving via sea or air in Australia may be subject to mandatory quarantine for 14 days from time of arrival. Also, residents of Greater Sydney who violate any of the myriad provisions of the stay-at-home orders (or other Public Health Orders) are subject to penalties of six months incarceration and fines of up to $11,000 upon their first offense.
- The Dept. of Veterans Affairs requires all frontline health care workers to be vaccinated or face possible termination.
- As of mid-September, all NYC municipal employees — some 340,000, including teachers and police officers — must either be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.
- All employees of The Washington Post will, as a condition of employment, be required to show proof of vaccination when they return to the office in September.
- The Walt Disney Co. will now require all U.S. salaried and non-union workers to be vaccinated within 60 days; new hires must be vaccinated before starting. The company is in talks with its labor unions. And visitors to its U.S. theme parks must wear masks indoors.
- Walmart is offering a $150 bonus to "encourage" store and warehouse employees to get vaccinated; corporate staff and regional managers will have until 4 October to be fully vaccinated, and the company will no longer rely on the honor system, but will have a new means of verification. Walmart is also requesting that shoppers wear masks at stores deemed in high risk areas. Walmart's Chief Exec announced these changes, saying "As we all know, the pandemic is not over." (How does he know?)
- All residents of Washington D.C. over the age of 2 are now required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces. In Kansas City, the mask requirement applies to everyone over 5, and in Atlanta masks are required of all residents 10 and older.
- In the above cities, as well as St. Louis, Los Angeles County, Clark County in Nevada and other jurisdictions where mask-wearing is once again mandated, the new rules apply regardless of a person's vaccination status. The CDC's May 2021 advisory, that masks were no longer necessary or required for those who had been vaccinated, is no longer operative, and the CDC now says that vaccinated people may spread the Delta variant.
- Whatever you do, don't create a dating-and-community app that sees not getting vaccinated as a matter of "medical autonomy and freedom of choice" and sees its users as "likeminded unvaccinated individuals." That's what "Unjected" is, and it's what got it removed from Apple's App Store. Among other things, the app was judged guilty of employing "anti-vaccination buzzwords" like "jabbed" and "microchip," and of "inappropriately referring to the COVID-19 pandemic in its concept or theme."
- With rates of infection surging and rates of vaccination slowing (but with no mention of significant death numbers), the White House has declared that any federal worker (of which there are more than 4 million, including the military) who cannot attest to being fully vaccinated must wear a mask at work, be tested once or twice each week, observe social distancing and be subject to travel restrictions. Pres. Biden wants these same rules to apply to federal contractors, and wants private employers to take similar steps, and he wants state and local governments to pay $100 (from stimulus package funds) each to newly-vaccinated Americans. "With freedom comes responsibility," he said. "Your decision to be unvaccinated impacts someone else." There was some pushback from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association over its members rights to privacy and choice, but eventual compliance is expected.
- Audiences at NYC's Broadway theaters must be vaccinated and wear masks, as must performers and all theater workers. Medical and religious exemptions will be permitted, but only with a recent negative test result. Children under 12 are exempted, but the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall will bar children under 12 as too young to get the shots. Theater owners, Actors' Equity and related labor unions have agreed to require weekly testing of members in addition to the vaccine mandate.
- In Minneapolis, as of yesterday, First Avenue music venue that was made famous in Prince’s movie “Purple Rain” requires all attendees to provide proof they got a COVID jab at least 14 days before the event or show a negative virus test within 72 hours. The venue said all of its employees have been vaccinated.
- Today, Warren Wilhelm Junior, aka Mayor Bill de Blasio, declared that anyone entering indoor businesses such as restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms in New York City must show proof of vaccination. The jabless will be denied entry.
- America’s biggest meat company, Tyson Foods Inc., declared that all employees at U.S. offices must be fully jabbed by October while the peasants that work in their slaughterhouses and meat packing plantations must get the jab by November.
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