Or we’ll call the Police!
No more than
250 visitors allowed in Blaska’s chat room
UPDATE: We’re down to no more than 50 in a gathering.
Blaska Policy Werkes assures its dwindling number of healthy subscribers that the white lab coats producing this blogge have washed their hands raw with Fels Naptha and Ajax and rinsed in hot water and hydrogen peroxide to combat COVID-19, aka Coronavirus, aka the Wuhan Woo Woo. The keyboard has been submitted to ultraviolet light, all flat surfaces and doorknobs pressure-washed. The indentured servants at Stately Manor are wearing surgical masks. The unlettered field hands are being housed in calf huts for maximum social distancing.
Our sports pages were sparse this Sunday morning, the state boys and girls basketball championships are canceled; the collegiate March Madness canceled, and baseball on hiatus. The woman on the couch next to me introduced herself as my wife. (Rim shot!)
Who’s laughing now?
More hardships. No ceramic mug for my coffee at Collectivo coffee shop on Madison’s Monroe Street this morning. The parking lot at St. Maria Goretti Catholic church was maybe one-third full. Hospitals are ending elective surgeries. Prisoners in the county jail are denied visitors. Madison Overture Center for the arts has canceled all events through April 13. That includes — irony of irony — The Amateurs, described as “An itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy.” Too soon?
Starting Wednesday, March 18, no Madison schools until at least April 6. Ripple effect: more workplace absentees. Double ripple effect: More vehicles at home, more car thefts? Raises the question: Spring non-partisan elections and the Democrat(ic) presidential primary are April 7. Vote by mail or postpone?
Signs of the times
Church and state
Retired UW-Madison law prof Ann of Althouse wonders if the City of Madison can order churches to shut down services, according to the fiat:
“That brings together or is likely to bring together two hundred fifty (
250) or more people in a single room or single confined or enclosed space at the same time, such as, by way of example and without limitation, an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, theater, exhibition center, museum, places of worship and religious gathering centers.”
Blaska studied law under Jack McCoy on the Law and Order television series but he would say that, Yes, government CAN regulate if for a broader, reasonable purpose; that is, to protect the health of the larger community. By the same token, the State could ban human sacrifice, one would think. It could also enact reasonable protections for the unborn. The City of Madison declaration, furthermore, does not single out religion but bans ALL events “likely to bring” over 250 people in a single confined space. This covers believers and people destined for the fires of Hell, alike! Blaska has ruled!
⇒ “Green Bay plant looks to keep up with toilet paper demand.” Story here!