There are times when Dems are so hypocritical that even other Dems are like, “Hey!” The mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, has reached all-new levels of hypocrisy with his efforts to keep the city COVID-safe.
The Philly mayor has decided to ban indoor eating all across the City of Brotherly Love. The residents have been happy to comply – until there was photographic evidence of the mayor himself enjoying a hearty lunch inside of a restaurant over in Maryland.
It’s not that he’s opposed to eating lunch indoors, it’s just that it can’t be done in his city. What would he think if everyone else in the city left to go eat in another state?
Most residents though that the indoor restaurants were closed for overall safety. After all, without proper distancing and such, it might be hard to avoid the spread of the virus. Now, the mayor is being called out.
Restaurateur Marc Vetri managed to snag a photo of Kenney in a restaurant in the Chesapeake Bay area. He was seen in an indoor dining room with no social distancing and no mask. Vetri tweeted it out along with a comment of “I guess all your press briefings and your narrative of unsafe indoor dining don’t apply to you. Thank you for clearing it all up for us tonight.”
Restaurants all across Philadelphia have been feeling the pinch. While they can offer outdoor seating and to-go, many restaurants depend on dine-in capabilities. Clearly, the Philly mayor isn’t worried about indoor seating for his own safety. He might as well just allow the restaurants in his own town to open up. Maybe, then, he wouldn’t have to go all the way to Maryland to enjoy some lunch.
The city will have to wait a bit more to see dine-in options. Mayor Kenney is keeping the indoor seating closed until September 8. Even then, the dining rooms will only be able to open at a 25 percent capacity. Meanwhile, all throughout the rest of the state, indoor dining has been opened up.
Now, Kenney did address the frustrated tweets directed his way for dining out, saying, “I felt the risk was low because the county I visited has had fewer than 800 COVID-19 cases, compared to over 33,000 cases in Philadelphia. Regardless, I understand the frustration.”
That’s all well and good, but he personally acknowledges that he knows that restaurant owners have been some of the hardest hits. He knows his decision has been tough on owners and, yet, he will continue to hold strong on his September 8 opening.
Many cities have started to open up even though their numbers are a bit high. It’s all about setting up the necessary protocols – social distancing in the restaurant, wearing a mask through the dining room until seated, and using disposable menus. Kenney could have easily set up those standards and allowed restaurants to open again.
One of the mayor’s spokespeople added to the comments with, “For what it’s worth, he also went to Rouge to enjoy outdoor dining in Philly on the way home.” It’s not worth much. Not everyone wants to eat outside and not all restaurants have outdoor dining capabilities. But it’s nice to know that the mayor was well fed that day.
This is the perfect case of “do as I say, not as I do.” His hypocrisy may have cost him quite a bit. He could easily watch the economy in Philly sink as many people choose to leave the city to enjoy a meal inside of a dining room, as he has proven that he does.
There is a significant amount of movement as many business owners realize that Dem leaders don’t have their best interests in mind. Many businesses, small and large, have been moving out of New York City, Seattle, and Portland. Perhaps Kenney’s mistake will cost him quite a bit of business, too.