As the country struggles to vanquish coronavirus, Americans are witnessing a bizarre phenomenon in which some authorities tolerate and even praise highly politicized mass gatherings while at the same time suppress small activities – like taking children to a playground – that are important to quality of life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that when it comes to public gatherings, the “highest risk” for coronavirus transmission occurs during “large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.”

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

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