Last year everything was shut down and people were ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In 2021 the government restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are a lot harder to understand.

For instance, the Greensboro City Council had begun holding meetings in the Council Chamber in April and in July invited people to attend the meetings and speak to the City Council in person.

The Council Chamber was largely empty for those meetings and people who wanted to speak but didn’t want to risk sitting in a large room with a few other people were allowed to speak virtually.  Councilmembers could also participate in the meetings virtually but did so only where they could not be there in person, just like before COVID-19.

In August the City Council because of the resurgence of COVID-19 went back to meeting virtually.

The determination was made that it was too dangerous for the members of the City Council, city staff and a few members of the public to gather in the Council Chamber.

However, the same City Council has determined that it is safe for over 3,000 people to attend a musical event at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 2.

And to attend events at the Greensboro Coliseum, which has a capacity of over 20,000.

It is also safe for people to go to movies, bars, restaurants, theaters and public events.

There are no social distancing requirements for events at The Tanger, the Greensboro Coliseum, or bars, restaurants and theaters.  People are required to wear masks because of a mandate from the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.

People can go to indoor events for entertainment all over Greensboro as long as they wear masks, but not to City Council meetings.  The City Council can attend a retirement party for a city employee, but not a City Council meeting.

What kind of weird disease is this COVID-19 that is deemed too contagious for the City Council to hold any public meetings but is not so contagious that it is safe for thousands of people to gather in The Tanger Center or the Greensboro Coliseum for entertainment.

You might surmise that the City Council is using COVID-19 as an excuse to keep people from attending City Council meetings, just like the City Council used COVID-19 as an excuse to prohibit the public from speaking at the monthly City Council public forums from April through September of 2020.