(ETH) – As the coronavirus pandemic continues anger, frustration and extreme measures to contain the virus are ramping up across the Nation. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to socialize in gatherings during the pandemic and has come out warning that he will shut it down and you may be arrested.
“Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you to take it deadly seriously.”
Lightfoot went on to state that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds. “You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide by the rules.”
Meanwhile, people’s posts on social media have been harvested for advertising and taken to build up a massive facial recognition database. According to a new report from Cnet, the same data could be used by companies and governments to help maintain quarantines during the outbreak. This very technology has been used in Italy and collected more than half a million Instagram posts in March, targeting regions in Italy where residents were supposed to be on lockdown.
Then we have those who are intentionally defying the government official’s orders to self-quarantine and some even are purposely spreading the virus. A new report is warning that those who do so could face criminal charges under federal terrorism laws, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official said Tuesday.
In a memo to top Justice Department leaders, law enforcement agency chiefs and U.S. Attorneys across the country, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said prosecutors and investigators could come across cases of “purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19.”