The desire to return to some semblance of normalcy after a year of pandemic restrictions is both understandable and expected. The past 12 months have exacted a heavy toll on all of us. This urge is only increased by the approach of spring, economic hardships, and the recent reduction in COVID cases around the country.
But the trade off is we could lose the hard fought gains of the past few weeks, only to see a resurgence of COVID cases and deaths in the weeks and months to follow.
No one has a working crystal ball, and no one can say with certainty what will happen, but we’ve been down this road before and the results weren’t pretty. Indoor dining at restaurants has been linked to increased COVID transmission and superspreader events, while mask mandates have been shown to reduce COVID cases.
Reversing either of these policies prematurely runs the risk of exacerbating the pandemic. Reversing both of them at the same time is a pretty big gamble.