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$150,000+ In Fines Issued In First Weekend Under NYC Lockdown

Orthodox Jews rise up in protest

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New York City issued more than $150,000 in fines to ‘non-compliant’ people and entities violating lockdown rules during the first weekend of newly imposed COVID-19 restrictions.

City Hall boasted about the figures on its Twitter account, noting that even churches were slapped with financial punishments:

Those who received the fines were not adhering to rules regarding gatherings, the mask mandate and social distancing requirements, according to the City.

The New York Times reports that the houses of worship could face fines of up to $15,000, according to Sheriff Joseph Fucito.

One particular group ignoring the lockdown rules are reportedly Orthodox Jews, who continue to gather en mass.

Last week, hundreds of Orthodox Jews protested against the lockdown measures, prompting scuffles with police. A number of Trump flags could be seen flying over the heads of the crowd during the march:

Under the new rules, houses of worship located in red zones are limited to 25% capacity, or a maximum of 10 people.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said “I understand the desire to hold large religious ceremonies. I understand how important it is to their culture and to their religion… I also understand that it, as a matter of fact, jeopardizes human life.”

Cuomo urged Jewish leaders to get the word out and make people stay away from synagogues, while also accusing President Trump of inciting Orthodox Jews against him.

Lawsuits were brought against the City in federal court by both the Orthodox Jewish community and the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, challenging the constitutionality of the new lockdown rules.

They were both shut down, however, and the governor’s orders were allowed to proceed.

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9-Year-Old Disabled Boy Forced to Take Exam Outside in Freezing Weather Because He Didn’t Wear a Mask

Austrian student punished despite having an exemption.

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A 9-year-old disabled boy in Austria was forced to take an exam outside in freezing cold weather as punishment for not wearing a mask.

An investigation is now underway as to ascertain why the student in Voitsberg was treated in such a manner despite having a valid mask exemption.

A photo shows the boy, Jason, sat outside up against the window of the classroom in temperatures of -1 Celsius.

The boy’s parents have hired a lawyer and are now considering moving their son to a different school.

Markus Leinfellner of the Freedom Party of Austria described the incident as an “odd class scandal” after he brought the case to the attention of the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Children are routinely forced to sit outside in freezing cold weather as a result of inhumane COVID-19 rules.

We previously highlighted a case at Waynewood Elementary School close to Alexandria where kids were photographed sitting outside in snow in what officials called a “mask and snack break.”

Last month, kindergarten students in Portland, Oregon were forced to sit outside eating lunch on buckets in the near-freezing cold while socially distanced from their classmates.

Last year, Forbes deleted an article written by an education expert who asserted that forcing schoolchildren to wear face masks was causing psychological trauma.

“Children in masks are also likely to miss out on critical language development, another fundamental area of growth in early years where children from low-income backgrounds already have disproportionate disadvantages,” wrote Zak Ringelstein, who has a a PhD in education from Columbia University.

A study by researchers at Brown University found that mean IQ scores of young children born during the pandemic have tumbled by as much as 22 points while verbal, motor and cognitive performance have all suffered as a result of lockdown and mask rules.

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Celebrity Chef Puts Sign Above Pub: “Unvaccinated Welcome”

Antony Worrall Thompson called “anti-vaxxer” for refusing to discriminate.

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British celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has put a sign above his pub the Greyhound in Oxfordshire making clear that “unvaccinated” people are welcome.

After he put the sign up, which says, “We do not discriminate. Race, gender, age, disability, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Everyone equal here. Everyone welcome,” the TV chef received negative press coverage because the sign was reportedly “made by an anti-vaccination group.”

“I’m doing it [having the sign up] because I don’t want to discriminate against anyone,” Worrall Thompson told the BBC.

“At the end of the day we’ve done our time, we’ve done two years of this, lockdowns and various things and precautions, and I think it’s time to move on,” he added.

The famous chef noted that he was not an “anti-vaxxer,” but merely believed in medical freedom.

“If you don’t want to put chemicals into your body, it has to be your choice,” said the TV presenter.

Dr Rachel Ward of Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot suggested the sign should be removed because it encourages people not to get vaccinated, despite the message simply expressing that everyone is welcome regardless of vaccination status.

Indeed, the mere fact that the sign would be mildly controversial and prompt national news coverage is incredibly pedantic.

Although England briefly introduced vaccine passports to enter nightclubs and other venues over the Christmas period, the rules are expected to be scrapped within the next week.

However, according to reports, some mask mandates might remain despite the government providing absolutely no evidence that they work in reducing the spread of the virus.

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Rand Paul Wonders If YouTube Will “Kiss My… And Apologise” After CDC Admits Cloth Masks Aren’t Effective

Senator asks if “snot-nosed censors” will apologise to him

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The CDC has revised its guidelines on masks, admitting that cloth masks do virtually nothing to stop the spread of COVID. The move prompted Senator Rand Paul to comment, reminding social media users that YouTube previously suspended him for saying the same thing.

The CDC announced that “loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection.”

Who would have known?

That’s only been common knowledge since the vey beginning of the pandemic.

“Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?” Paul tweeted.

A video Paul posted last year in which he dismissed cloth masks as an effective method of preventing the spread of COIVID landed him a YouTube suspension, with the company claiming the content violated its policy on COVID-19 misinformation.

YouTube said that it was misinformation to suggest “that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects’ or that masks don’t play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”

While the CDC is finally admitting cloth masks are useless, it’s not part of a move away from masks. Instead, it’s intended to promote the use of stronger K95 masks that many find even more inhibiting.

The CDC notes that “well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s” provide more protection against the virus, and is now urging Americans to “wear the most protective mask that you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.”

Two months ago, The New York Times published an article citing “experts” who say mask wearing is now “normalized” and could remain in place permanently even when the pandemic ends.

Governments have been accused of obsessively pushing face masks as both a constant visual reminder for the pandemic, and as a “punishment” for those who continue to oppose restrictions and vaccine mandates.

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