There are also some calls in Ontario for the government to try and regular the items big box stores are allowed to sell during the lockdown, supposedly in an attempt to "help" the small businesses that are being eviscerated by the current measures. But I really don't know how that helps them, because they still won't be allowed to open for anything but curbside. These measures also ignore the fact that, because our government has allowed wages and salaries to stagnate for so many decades compared to the cost of living, there are now HUGE numbers of low income households that basically RELY on big box stores and Dollarama for everything. They don't have the extra money to support local business, because of the higher prices... and many just don't have cars and don't have the luxury of driving all over the city to do curbside pickup at a bunch of spread out small retailers, nor the time it takes to phone and make all those appointments. The idiots proposing these restrictions, and the idiotic governments that've actually instituted them, seem to think everyone has as much leisure time as themselves.
Due to the aforementioned restrictions on small businesses/main street shops, there's growing discontent among them in the locked down regions of Ontario. They're now calling in greater and greater numbers to be allowed to reopen before they all close for good, stating the restrictions aren't working to reduce case numbers. The province's own numbers mostly seem to agree with them, as a very small percentage of COVID seems to be spread due to retail settings.
I think the lockdown isn't working as effectively this time around because there are simply more people who no longer give a damn. They've judged COVID to be less of a threat to their lives than other things, or are simply too weak to resist the temptations of socializing, family dinners and house parties. I mean, people have rented shipping containers to have parties in, reserved Air BnBs for house parties... and that's only the type of stuff we know about.
At this point, I think the governments know there's really nothing else they can do, and they're in a holding pattern hoping that numbers don't get too much worse before the vaccine shipments start arriving. Fortunately, there are only a few hundred thousand seniors in long-term care Canada-wide, and the logistics of vaccinating all of them and the workers in those places are a lot simpler than the general population (I mean, we know where they all live, and it's not like they're going anywhere). Once those ~400,000 people or so are vaccinated, deaths should drop dramatically.
Edited by TM2-Megatron, 02 December 2020 - 12:19 AM.