Summer Jam The Hague 2021
peter at severity-one.com
Mon Aug 30 00:24:40 CEST 2021
> My last several weeks in Germany, btw, have felt like one big-ass
> super-spreader event. Yoy.
> I’m a weirdo in America for wearing a mask; I’m a weirdo in Ireland
> (but less so) for wearing a mask, and I’m weirdo in Berlin, Köln and
> especially Niedersachsen for wearing a mask.
It depends, really. There's a wave of populism sweeping Europe, and
questioning authority –whether from the government, or from traditional
authority figures such as doctors and scientists– is part of that.
Friends of my wife who visited the Netherlands in 2020 were stunned that
nobody wore a mask, despite the fact that there were no vaccines yet,
and foreign media have also expressed bemusement at the seemingly casual
Dutch approach to the pandemic. I can't really say how it is in other
countries. Generally speaking, southern Europeans are more likely to
follow government advice and regulations, even though populism really
started in Italy. (All things politically start 20 years earlier in
Italy than in the rest of Europe.)
Where I live, masks outside are no longer compulsory from the 1st of
July, provided you're no more than two people and you're both
vaccinated. We boast one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, but
we don't have to show the certificate anywhere to gain access.
Infections seem stable at 10 per 100,000 per day. You don't need to wear
a mask when in a restaurant and you're sitting down (it'd be difficult
to eat that way), but everywhere else they're compulsory, including at
work. I shall not elaborate on how well that restriction appears to be
Here in Malta, you wouldn't be considered a weirdo, and you'd definitely
not face recriminations or abuse. Plenty of people still wear the mask
outside, because it makes them feel safer.
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