Today’s read is fromDave Seminara, the author of Bed, Breakfast & Drunken Threats: Dispatches from the Margins of Europe, and Breakfast with Polygamists: Dispatches from the Margins of The Americas. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Most experts now agree that outdoor transmission of Covid-19 transmission is rare. And yet, bizarre and unhealthy restrictions on outdoor recreation persist in the United States across a variety of sports, none more irrational than tennis, a sport where one’s opponent is typically 30-80 feet away.
At least 13 states still require high school tennis players to wear masks while competing in singles (or doubles) matches outdoors, and health bureaucrats have established laughably restrictive rules in many states. Spring tennis diktats in Massachusetts, for example, give players about as much freedom as one might enjoy in a North Korean labor camp. In addition to wearing masks at all times, players on each court must use different numbered balls, which are considered as dangerous as radioactive waste from Chernobyl. “If a tennis ball from one court goes onto an adjacent court, it should be kicked back with a foot or a racquet.”
There’s more. Read it all here.