Whether we like it or not, humans try to test limits and often breach them; learning to stay within limits is part of what we are taught, and is what we mean by discipline. We know that many people have a hard time staying disciplined without some heavy sanctions. For some, such sanctions imposed tend towards various degrees of violence. However, it often doesn’t get to that, but is some form of deprivation, usually of assets, often money. Now, it’s also the case that many will do the cost-benefit calculation and decide that it’s worth the risk of breaching the limits.
We’re seeing a lot of that as we edge towards the light and come out of months of being locked at home and away from friends and family.
I wrote yesterday how things got freed up a lot in the UK over the weekend, with pubs, hairdressers and theme parks reopening.
In Jamaica, one policy strand has been to press ‘personal responsibility’; it’s a weak read and in a world where concern is about ‘weak fences’, you can be guaranteed that personal irresponsibility will be present.
Now, things have been loosened on the island (bars reopened, places of worship allowed to have gatherings etc), but we are still holding the line on large gatherings, with protocols on numbers and social distancing, and we have curfews, even though these now run from only 11pm-5am. We are tending back to the old normal, but we are being urged to remain cautious and vigilant in our behaviour. We see politicians now acknowledging the problems of people not wearing masks in public areas:
However, we also know that people have been playing fast and loose. Some get caught, some get away once, twice, many times. Some get dragged on social media, as we’ve seen with mass gatherings at rivers and some beaches, and as this video purports to show an event at Reggae Mill, on the grounds of Devon House, this past weekend:
The minister of local government had shown he wasn’t happy with the infractions in his area of policy and now the hammer comes down.
But, the nails being hit are the heads of the guilty as well as the innocent, at least in the first instance…again :). The people at ‘Devon House I-Scream’ are just getting back on a sounder footing with ice cream sales at their main outlet and we’re encouraging visitors to the last minute.
Let the investigations roll and the hammer drop more precisely and we learn how all of this went on for several weekends and somehow it was all missed by JCF.