Opinion: Affects Of CovID-10T

Texas – Apparently the Lone Star state has a different strain of coronavirus out called COVID-10T. Also known as Covidiot, it seems to have spread in the state these past several days. Unlike COVID-19, the Texas version affects the brain’s thought processes instead of the respiratory system.

So far, indications point to the possibility it may have infected the state’s lieutenant governor and attorney general. If yesterday was any indication, a Texas senator may have been exposed as well. It is believed the source of the outbreak can be directly related to a salon owner in far North Dallas.

If you can believe it, COVID-10T has reached several Texans on the internet as well. Proof of that has appeared on a GoFundMe page that has raised more than half a million dollars for an “American Hero”.

On April 27, our Texas governor released his 64-page ‘The Governor’s Report to Open Texas’. Within the document, he outlined a three-phase plan to strategically restart all aspects of the Lone Star State. The executive order GA-18 focused on 25% occupancy and social distancing for non-essential retailers, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and libraries. These types of businesses were authorized to reopen on May 1, 2020.

Some service businesses were neither essential nor reopened services under GA-18. This included – “bars, gyms, public swimming pools, interactive amusement venues (bowling alleys and video arcades), massage establishments, tattoo and/or piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. These establishments fell in the Phase Two category addressed in GA-21. The second executive order provided certain conditions to permit newly added businesses to reopen on staggered dates.

Effective May 8, 2020… salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and tanning salons may reopen subject to the following conditions:

  • Only one customer per stylist is permitted
  • Masks are recommended for stylists and customers
  • Appointments are recommended to minimize walk-ins
  • Customer waiting should take place outside or in vehicles unless social distancing can be maintained

Starting May 18, 2020… offices within office buildings, non-essential manufacturers, and gyms can reopen, subject to these restrictions:

  • Cannot exceed 25% of the total listed occupancy of the facility
  • Showers/locker rooms must remain closed
  • All equipment must be disinfected after each use
  • Customers should wear gloves to cover entire hand and fingers
  • Individuals must maintain six-feet social distancing
  • Personal equipment brought into the facility must be disinfected

*GA-21 expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 19.

– April 24… Shelley Luther, owner of the Salon A la Mode in Dallas, opens her salon to business despite the stay-at-home order from Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s and county’s orders to close all non-essential businesses. She receives a citation from police.
– April 25… Luther attends a protest at Frisco City Hall, where she publicly tears up the cease-and-desist letter.
– May 5… The defiant salon owner appears before Dallas County Judge Eric Moye. The judge gave her the opportunity to reconcile by closing the salon and apologizing for her actions. She refuses, stating “If you think the law’s more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I am not going to shut the salon.” She was sentenced to seven days in jail and a $7,000 fine for being criminally and civilly in contempt of court.  (All of this drama, knowing salons are reopening today.)
– May 7… Luther is released from jail following Gov. Abbott’s executive order amendment, “eliminating confinement as a punishment for violating the order.”  In a statement from Abbott, “Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen.

Excuse me? Didn’t Luther arrive in this situation because law enforcement and the court system were merely enforcing the state’s reopen plan?  Once a guideline by executive order is released, I would think we would stick with it. And, if 95 percent of Texans can abide by these orders, so too can the unlawful defying few.

So while several of the state’s elected officials have run to her defense, I see no point in rewarding someone that blatantly violated and snubbed an executive order, on top of dancing around a contempt of court charge!  One official even went so far as to get her to cut his hair.  What a mixed message we’re sending out to law enforcement and court judges across the state.  But wait, this is an election year.

Luther has two daughters (only her 17-year-old still lives at home), and a lot of animals including – a bengal cat, an exotic ringtail lemur, an Australian wallaby, six horses, three mini-horses, two donkeys, eleven goats, three ducks, and six dogs.  According to public records, the family has been forced to live on a property that has an estimated worth of half a million dollars in Pilot Point, Texas – population of about 4,000 (81% White, 14% Hispanic, and 5% Black) nestled in Denton County.  Now, didn’t she say “needing to feed kids over obeying the law“?

Good news is she has that GoFundMe account, and I’m sure that $500,000 will be enough to feed the above mentioned for quite some time.  And to those that donated to her account, do you still have your hand out waiting for another stimulus check?!?!

By the way, the best cure for COVID-10T is aspirin and a good dose of Common Sense.  And, make sure to put the cap back on before looking on the bottom of the bottle for dosage.


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