Madison Initially Denies Juneteenth Rally, Then Relents

Ahhhh… so if it’s a “rally” instead of a “festival,” then the Rona won’t know to transfer between people. Gotcha. That’s some high quality public policy there in Madison.

After Brisco contacted Madison Parks to request a permit to hold the event in Penn Park, she received an email from Public Health Madison & Dane County informing her that the event would be in violation of the agency’s ban on “mass gatherings,” which it defines as “a planned event with a large number of individuals in attendance, such as a concert, festival, meetings, training, conference, or sporting event.” The current phase of Dane County’s coronavirus reopening plan prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people.

Brisco then wrote to the office of Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, asserting that the event would be a free speech event in line with the ongoing protests. The next day, she said, she received an email from the mayor’s office greenlighting the event.

“There was a misunderstanding in the nature of the event,” Deputy Mayor Katie Crawley told the Cap Times in an email. “It was initially thought to be a festival, not a rally … Once that was clarified, there was not an issue. It did not need Mayoral involvement.”

Sarah Mattes of Public Health Madison & Dane County told the Cap Times in an email that, after clarifying the details of the event, the agency “did not believe what they described was a mass gathering under our definition.” Voter registration, she wrote, is “a government function and allowed under the Order.”

6 Responses to Madison Initially Denies Juneteenth Rally, Then Relents

  1. Jason says:

    Scientists know what is best for us all.  They are updating their guidance every minute!

  2. dad29 says:

    Looks more like changing the “science” not updating it.  Just like 140 gradations on the man-woman scale is now “science.”

  3. MjM says:

    the agency “did not believe what they described was a mass gathering under our definition.”

    Meanwhile,  Herr nEvers’ g’vment brownshirts busy patrolling Madison churches. 

    Somebody gotta file a federal civil rights lawsuit against these priggs.

  4. dad29 says:

    Nah.  Baton at close range.  Madison cops aren’t allowed to arrest for that any more.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Covid 19 understands leftist “wokeness”.

    Didn’t y’all get the memo?

  6. Mar says:

    Well, who knew the Chinese virus could tell the difference between conservatives and liberals?
    What a smart virus.

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