By all accounts the Country Club Plaza 2021 Art Fair was an overwhelming success.
There were thousands of people in attendance, crowds were packed together tightly as music, food and booze were abundant.
And so we ask . . .
WITH FEW MASKS OR COVID-19 MITIGATION EFFORTS: WAS THE PLAZA ART FAIR A SUPER SPREADER EVENT?!?
I know, I know . . . It was outside and "the science" seyz outdoor events are safe . . . Which is cool, even if the messaging from public health officials has been inconsistent.
TKC is more than willing to obey the rules . . . The problem is that they keep changing.
Moreover . . .
It's confusing to tell people that drinking, yelling and hanging with crowds of unmasked strangers at an art festival or football game is fine . . . But going to church and sitting at a safe distance from everyone is a selfish crime against humanity.
And so with few masks and no vaxx mandate on the plaza this weekend . . . We hope/expect the event was fine.
However . . .
Don't blame us for being confused that Kansas City can take the weekend off from the pandemic and then return to ominous reports about worsening hospital stats and dire infection numbers that threaten a horrific winter.
Meanwhile . . . It's worth mentioning that trying to "control" freedom is pointless and people who party at the plaza & the Chiefs game are going to be less likely to follow a strict return to pandemic protocols during the upcoming & disastrous cold, flu & COVID season.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . . Also, wearing a mask around your chin doesn't count . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- After COVID-19 put the kibosh on the Plaza Art Fair as we know it, the festival is back celebrating 90 years. "It's just a tradition that's quite beautiful," said Arielle Thomas Newman. "We have about 1,300 artists that applied," said Country Club Plaza General Manager Kasey Bena.
At the beginning of the pandemic, health care workers were applauded as frontline heroes against COVID-19. Now, they're coping with burnout and increasing workloads as unvaccinated patients fill up local hospitals. KCUR's Jodi Fortino talked with one Kansas City respiratory therapist who says the job is taking an emotional toll.
You decide . . .