I smell a hypocrite! County officials have told people in one town to stay home for the holidays and don’t get together in crowds with people they don’t live with, thanks to the virus trends getting worse in that area.
And of course, at least one county manager has already admitted to having travel plans, despite telling everyone else to stay home.
This took place in Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, and certainly sends a confusing and hypocritical message to the constituents living there.
As stated on WFAE:
“For this holiday season, we ask that you stay home and only be around those who you live with,” Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said at a press conference on Monday.
Diorio said county data show that COVID-19 is still “very widespread” in the community and she called holiday gatherings “some of the most dangerous places to be.”
But Diorio is not following her own advice about holiday celebrations. She told reporters on Monday that she would be “traveling by car to Durham to see some close family, a small group.” The county manager elaborated when pressed by reporter Brett Jensen of WBT News.
Diorio tried to defend herself from being labeled as a hypocrite by saying that she knows who the family is. However, she was part of the county officials encouraging everyone else to stay home, but here she is with travel plans of her own.
“I know who the family is. I know where they spend their time so I feel comfortable making that trip,” Diorio said. “It’s two people in a household. It’s not a group. It’s a very small number of people and I feel very confident about their safety.”
Diorio added that she was “making a personal decision” based on information that she had.
She makes a good point that she understands who they are and they are not a big group, and they are probably safe if they’re all reporting to not be sick, have no temperatures, etc.
However, it’s the hypocritical behavior that people are quite frankly getting sick of when it comes to politicians and those who make decisions telling others what they should be doing.
The county of Mecklenburg is experiencing higher numbers with the virus and it probably is a good idea for people to stay home and celebrate small this year, but the people in charge need to be leading by example and not giving everyone else suggestions and then not following their own advice.
Holiday house parties with lots of people cramped up in small areas and less ventilation is probably a bad idea this year.
For us, we are celebrating small with family at home, and doing small groups of people after that. We used to have big holiday parties, but not this year. It’s not worth it when several of the older people in our family are in a high risk category and making small adjustments to the way we celebrate and get together with family, to keep those people safe, is more important than a big wild holiday party.
We’ll still see everyone, but it’s going to be a little bit different this time.
Stay safe and don’t be like the hypocrites bossing us around!!