NYC is Upside Down Land. All Theater? IDK

It's so confusing. Get this:

NYC has announced that the outdoor dining program will be in place year round. Yes. January, February, and March when the temperature hovers around 30 degrees. Or 20 degrees Fahrenheit. WTF?

You see, the outside pavilions (some located out in the street replacing parking places for cars) will be allowed to install outdoor heaters. Which works great in South Beach, Florida on a chilly December evening but in NYC? Wait. It gets better.

So, these outdoor constructions which already sport roofs and lights and heaters now can be enclosed to create tents.

Here's where I lose the thread----How is an enclosed space in the street less conducive to Virus transmission than an indoor space? Please address this and teach me something new, if you can.

In other confusing news, the NY Times has a long article by a high school history teacher who has been assigned to a Pre-K---4 year olds!--- classroom. That's because the cockamamie contraption designed to open schools in NYC cannot find adequate personnel.

I cannot work out if all this is being brave against a Virus that is bigger and badder than we want to admit, or, possibly, if it is the Theater of Carrying On No Matter What to bolster the illusion that businesses can continue to operate and our City will somehow soon revive.

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Lily O Lady's picture

It would make sense to encourage take-out and curb side pickup. I guess experience will have to show them where they went wrong.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

I left NYC years ago. If there is some way to create an outdoor dining space, NY'ers would be the ones to do it. Portable green houses? Styrofoam igloos? IDK, but be assured someplace will crack the code and serve small portion weird expensive food combos with pricey alcoholic drinks, and have lines around the block.

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@Snode about the expensive part.

I should have mentioned that NYC plans to put a 10% tax on all restaurant food until the pandemic is over.

This will certainly tip the scales for diners who watch their budgets plus are dubious about sitting outside in the street in the winter.

It all seems insane to me.

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@Snode Sitting in a roadway, in the dark, even with little lights on your igloo is a really bad idea.

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When it was a bb-gun visible to the teacher in distance learning?

Do sane teachers exist?

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We are so screwed.

@The Voice In the Wilderness We're going to bash all teachers now because of a few morons? Most of us are working our asses off trying to make distance learning a valuable experience and/or braving COVID in classrooms with basically no protection for ourselves or our families. So, thanks for that...

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@AverageJoe42
I've met more than a few in my life.

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We are so screwed.

@The Voice In the Wilderness The high school history teacher in question dispatched to a classroom with 4 year olds wasn't happy about his assignment.

The system is crazy. Teachers are trying to work in a difficult situation.

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earthling1's picture

@AverageJoe42 Cheers Joe.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

Roy Blakeley's picture

The US and a number of other countries have pursued many policies that are weird compromises between trying to limit spread of the virus and keeping businesses open. The net result is a lot of deaths and a massive recession.

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@Roy Blakeley that led to a lot more deaths and a recession.

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Restaurants would just be creating an enclosed space with no filtering. Shoving around everyones droplets in a heated room. One of the big cautions during the pandemic is to avoid enclosed spaces with a lot of people.

I am afraid that the dining out experience for most Americans will be the local drive-thru.

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@MrWebster
make a comback?
Works for me.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

@earthling1 that still have drive-in theaters. Most, if not all, CA were razed long ago because the land was too valuable.

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@Marie

It's said to be the only remaining twin screen drive-in in the state. It's open seasonally, April-October (we still have some winter here). Bet they're doing a land-office business!

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

@MrWebster Enclosed spaces outdoors are enclosed spaces nonetheless. All indoors spaces are enclosed formerly outdoor spaces.

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