This column represents the thoughts and opinion of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
Bars closed at noon on Friday and later that afternoon, the city canceled Fourth of July events in Taylor. Parks will be closed Fourth of July weekend – open spaces included.
People got upset about the decision to cancel the events after weeks of protest, celebrations and vigils. I think the frustration came from a lack of clarification of what could and could not be held.
When the press release came from the city about the closures of parks and limits on gatherings the first time, people panicked. I mean go back and look at our social media question – which had to be edited to calm the crowd – people immediately pointed out events from the before.
Now, the disaster declaration has been extended and parks will be closed. It’s been explained on why and clarified as to what parts and when.
If the spike in confirmed cases over the last week was not enough to get people to understand that masks and social distancing are necessary, maybe Friday’s orders are enough.
The order was probably put in place to discourage large gatherings. With Hutto, Round Rock, Georgetown and more canceling their fireworks, people would probably migrate to Taylor for fireworks. It sounds good to say, “everyone could just stay in their cars,” but would that really happen?
If people are not willing to put on a mask to go inside a store or restaurant, why would they sit in their car during the fireworks?
The same goes for the parks. If the fireworks were still going to proceed the parks would probably be filled with people next weekend.
I understand not everyone is going to agree with the decision, but I think in regard to safety, it’s the best the decision. Cases spiked this week and will continue to rise, so why not do something to flatten the curve – haven’t heard that in a few weeks.
The decision has been made to cancel events and sports for now. Instead of looking back at the last two months of events that have already happened, let’s look forward at how to get control of this situation. If that happens, then events and activities might resume sooner than later.
Decisions have been made so we can sit and be mad, or wear mask and social distance until things get better. Actually, if we just sit, the virus might stop spreading as fast.
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go watch another Disney movie with the girls. I’ve seen Frozen 2 so many times I’m singing “Into the Unknown” in my head right now . . . and now so are you.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
- Theodore Roosevelt