Commentary: COVID mandates are being relaxed at a concerning rate

Giovanni Rizzotti, Entertainment Editor

Over the past few weeks, many states across America have begun to relax mandates related to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This is partly due to a steady roll-out and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to everywhere in the world.

These vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
As of now, the vaccines have seemed to have proven effective, with case numbers worldwide being on a steady decline for the past couple of weeks.
However, even with the steady decline of cases lately, we should not be letting our guard down this easily.
With the steady overall decline of cases as of now, many states in the United States and countries worldwide have been easing coronavirus restrictions, allowing for more people to crowd bars and restaurants.
This was apparent with many people crowding to businesses to enjoy either St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness viewing parties, and Spring Break.
Is it really worth it?
Recently, in Miami Beach, Florida, city officials were forced to declare a State of Emergency for the city after massive crowds began to gather on beaches and in the city to celebrate Spring Break. As we approach the warmer months in the United States, people gathering in large crowds for Spring Break is going to become more and more of an issue.
It’s already shown from the past that reopening businesses to larger capacities and easing restrictions when we seem to be declining in cases only causes a big uptick in new cases.
This will just lead to higher case numbers.
Even though we have vaccines now, not everyone in the country is eligible for one yet. Some people do not want to get the vaccine all together. This leaves a lot of people vulnerable to the virus.
It’s too early to relax now. This pandemic isn’t that close to being over, and relaxing the restrictions now will just lead to another uptick again. Don’t let your guard down just yet.