The Washington Examiner reported that it could take more than a year before churches are allowed to fully re-open according to Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pritzker rolled out a five-phase plan to reopen Illinois that provides guidelines to schools, businesses, churches, and other places of worship about when they can re-open their doors. In phase three of this plan, the Illinois state government will allow gatherings of up to 10 people. In phase four, the government will allow gatherings of up to 50 people to takes place. Phase five of this plan will allow gatherings of more than five people.
During a press conference on May 6, 2020, Prtizker noted that churches will be subject to the same standards and will not be allowed to hold in-person services of more than 50 people until the government reaches phase five of this plan. Pritzker said this plan will have to go through even if it takes more than a year to get there.
“You know that in phase three, there can be gatherings, church gatherings, of 10 or fewer. In phase four, 50 or fewer. So that’s the guidance that’s been given to me,” Pritzker stated. “I’m not the one providing that guidance. It really is what the scientists and epidemiologists are recommending.”
Pritzker declared that the state entered phase two on May 1 and will reach phase three on May 29 at the earliest. The usage of face masks in public will be recommended until phase five is reached. Schools, restaurants, and bars will not open up again until phase four.
Phase five will not begin until a vaccine is readily available or a therapeutic drug that can effectively counter the virus hits the market. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed that a vaccine is 12 to 18 months away from being available to the public.
Hopefully, Americans wake up to this petty demagoguery and start reasserting their civil liberties.
Portland Experiences Over a 100% Increase in Shootings After Anti-Gun Violence Police Force is Disbanded
In July of 2020, the city of Portland experienced 15 homicides.
According to Portland police, this is the most killings the city has experienced in one month in over three decades.
So far in 2020, 24 people have died due to homicides in Portland.
Oregon Live reported that the most recent killing took place on July 28, 2020 when a 34-year-old woman was stabbed at a Northeast Portland home after coming back from a vigil mourning the death of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was murdered in a shooting on July 29.
In July 2020, there have been 63 shootings, while there was 28 in July 2019 per a Police Bureau report.
Although homicides, assaults, burglaries and vandalism have increased this year compared to 2019, total person-to-person and property crimes have plummeted compared to previous years, according to the bureau’s report.
Police Chief Chuck Lovell said on July 30 that he’s very worried about the uptick in violence and is shifting officers from patrol units to the detective division in order to shore up follow-up investigations.
He also explained that the bureau had to cut its Gun Violence Reduction Team in accordance to new policy changes the City Council ushered in. The team, which counted on 34 members, was disbanded on July 1 in response to budget cuts to police units that have allegedly targeted a disproportionate number of blacks during routine traffic stops.
Like many cities in the country, Portland is starting to embrace leftist radicalism on matters of law enforcement by considering moves to defund the police.
Oregon is already one of the more anti-gun states in the country, so lawful individuals in Portland don’t have many options at their disposal for self-defense. With police being gutted, regular citizens have even fewer options at their disposal for security.
This has obviously not registered with political elites and represents why many Americans will likely leave cities in masse in search of jurisdictions that actually bother to provide basic law enforcement infrastructure.
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