Strict COVID-19 Restrictions In NJ? They’re Not Too Far Off [OPINION]
Whether or not you think the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place here in New Jersey are strict enough, there's more coming down the pike.
Mark my words, with the announcement expected from officials in Philadelphia regarding businesses being required to show proof of vaccination, it's only a matter of time before those regulations find their way into Jersey law. South Jersey soon may be forced to check your vaccination status. Is that something that I, personally, agree with? Nope, sure is not.
While I understand wanting to keep people healthy and safe, I'm also a firm believer that forcing medical procedures of any kind onto the population is a violation of our human rights. You can agree or disagree, it doesn't really matter. If you're someone who identifies as "pro-choice," then you're already familiar with the "my body, my choice" mentality. Who are any of us to force something like getting vaccinated on anyone?
I digress. This isn't supposed to be about what's right or wrong; it's about the choice South Jersey business owners may soon have to make. Let's examine:
Business owners could either a) only allow entry to those fully vaccinated or b) impose masks on their customers regardless of their vaccination status.
I, for one, would go with the option 'b'. That way, you're not trudging over people's rights too much, however you're also keeping people safe.... or, at least, complying with state mandates. What I don't want to see is for even more of our mom-and-pop shops to go under the way they did during the lockdown. That wouldn't be good for anyone.
Only time will tell what Jersey's powers-that-be will do.