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Humanize UC Berkeley Forbids Solitary Outdoor Exercise to Fight COVID

Originally published at National Review

The Party of Science strikes again. The loons who run U.C. Berkeley have told students who live in dorms that they are forbidden from outdoor exercise! From the San Francisco Chronicle story:

First reported by the Daily Californian, the self-sequester mandate for UC Berkeley students living in the dormitories, originally intended to end Monday, has been extended for another week, with stricter security measures in place to enforce quarantining.

Another new measure also in place: a ban on solitary outdoor exercise, which was not in place during the initial lockdown period. (Alameda County does not have this ban in place.)

Also, UC Berkeley cops in the dorms:

“We don’t wish for residents to be alarmed by this increased UCPD presence, but we must ensure the health of our community,” an email sent out to students reads. The email also notes that more university staff will be monitoring dorms, in addition to campus security officers.

Suddenly, the leftists like law enforcement and get-tough enforcement policies.

UC has essentially put all dorm students under house arrest:

The policies that remain in effect for students include not leaving their rooms unless it is to obtain a COVID-19 test or medical care (including mental health care), use the bathroom or grab food from the dining halls.

Students who violate these measures, the university says, may face the threat of suspension or removal from dorms.

Good grief.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.
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