On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam presented Phase One of lifting public restrictions in Virginia that would include a continuation of social distancing, remote work and wearing masks in public.
Though the reopening outline of Phase One did not include a time frame, State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver told the Times-Dispatch on Friday that he thought Phase One would be in effect until a treatment or vaccine became available, which he predicted could be "a two-year affair."
Saturday morning, the Health Department clarified Oliver's statements, saying that producing a vaccine, a process that can take 12-18 months to be developed and tested, could take two years — not Phase One.
Without a vaccine or treatment, the health department said public health experts will have to monitor and contain the coronavirus through testing, contact tracing — figuring out who a COVID-19 positive patient has been in contact with — and quarantining those affected.
"In the meantime we can safely ease restrictions in a phased approach," said a VDH spokesperson on Saturday. "Although we have no expectation that Phase One of this approach will last two years, some level of social distancing will have to continue until we have a treatment or a vaccine for the disease."Originally, Virginia had a target date to reopen April 24, but Northam extended his executive order to May 8th.
So, the health office made a clarification. Big deal, why should we believe them? Especially when the Commonwealth is being run by a guy who changed his story one day from the next regarding if he was the person who either wore blackface or a KKK outfit in his college yearbook, or how he had been given the nickname "Coonman" at Virginia Military Institute.
Northam has been vague about the timeline to reopen and shows reluctance to give businesses the option to reopen with social distance guidelines, as Georgia and South Dakota has. I wouldn't be surprised if he's planning to announce this coming week he is moving the reopen date once again, to later in May or June. As I mentioned the other day, these blue-state officials keep wanting to move the goalposts, from "flattening to curve" to "we need more testing" or "we need a vaccine."
It's easy for him and Health Commissioner Norman Oliver to play games with the lives of Virginians, because they are still getting a paycheck. These liberals show they are more concerned about ruling their constituents and denying us our liberties. See how the disgraced Northam has used the lockdown to end the requirement of ID to vote, as well as sign restrictions on our Second Amendment right.
The question is, will the citizens of the Commonwealth keep taking this?
#RepoenAmerica – Power Hungry Liberals Are Lying To Keep Us In Lockdown For Their Benefit