A COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed. The end of the pandemic, though still at a distance, is in sight. But people still can’t suck it up and sit out their Christmas traditions for a single season to ensure the safety of everyone around them.
Members of the Whitestone Republican Club are under scrutiny after footage circulated of them holding a maskless, indoor Christmas party earlier this month. The specific video in question shows over a dozen people doing a conga line amidst a larger crowd at Il Bacco Ristorante, in Queens, New York.
The party took place on December 9, days before New York City instituted another ban on indoor dining. As such, both attendees and the restaurant insisted that all COVID protocols were followed.
“We held an intimate gathering observing all the COVID guidelines in place at the time,” the club’s spokesman, Robert Hornack, told the Queens Daily Eagle. “Every attendee was told to wear a mask, and everyone had one when entering, or was given one.”
Calling a party that clearly included over 50 people “intimate” is debatable by any definition, and technically telling people to wear masks while clearly not anticipating them to actually do so is a lousy defense.
Restaurant owner Tina Maria Oppedisano didn’t provide much more reassurance.
“People have had enough and just want to conduct their business,” she said. “I think it’s obnoxious of anyone to say anything about any event.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo denounced the party, suggesting that doing “an unmasked Covid conga line in the middle of a pandemic defies logical explanation.”
That the party was held by a Republican club is unfortunately unsurprising. Even less surprising is that the man leading the conga line was waving around a Trump 2020 flag — in December, a full month after Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, despite his continued embarrassing refusal to accept defeat — and that a Queens resident running for city council was also present.
As usual, the frustration with these people for not showing an iota of consideration for those they may come into contact with after this party, not knowing if they’ve been infected thanks to their carelessness, is palpable.
If there’s one thing that’s been driven home time and time again this year, it’s that some people will simply never learn to care about anything until it hurts them directly.