Yesterday The Conservative Treehouse posted a disturbing article consisting of Tweets about what it is like living in Lithuania without a Covid passport.
The article tells the story of Gluboco Lietuva:
With no Covid Pass, my wife and I are banished from society.
We have no income.Banned from most shopping.Can barely exist.
But we will not accept authoritarianism.
Here’s how life looks after one month in Lithuania,under Europe’s first strict,society-wide Covid Pass regime:
My wife and I have been suspended without pay for 4 weeks.
We can’t return to our jobs.
Not sure our employers would let us back.
Even if they did, our colleagues despise us, wish on social media for our death. Nothing we can do will ever erase that. We can’t work there.
We can’t find new jobs in our professions.
My wife and I have very different jobs in very different fields. But all jobs in both our fields now require the Covid Pass.
No Pass, no job.
We’re not allowed to buy food in the local supermarket.
We may only shop in small stores with street-facing entrances which mainly sell food,pharma,glasses/contacts, or farming/pet supplies.
In our area, that effectively limits us to one small, expensive convenience store.
The Pass has wreaked havoc with the free market.
Supermarkets which require the Pass report shopper traffic is down 25% in the month since the Pass was imposed.
But in the small stores where the Pass isn’t required, it’s up only 0.7%.
So where have the shoppers gone?
We now buy food in old Soviet-style markets: outdoors, in parking lots, products sold on street, tiny tables, or from back of cars. Produce, eggs, cheese, meat, fish. Cash only. No Pass required.
Not as convenient as a supermarket. But it works for now. Life finds a way.
I need to make some home repairs. But without a Pass, I can’t enter the hardware store to buy supplies.
I can’t call for a repair worker because repairs are banned for non-Pass holders. And I have no income now to pay for outside help anyway.
So our home stays unrepaired.
We went to the dentist we’ve attended for years for an appointment for one of my children, but had to leave because I don’t have a Covid Pass.
No other dentist in our area will see us. We’ve heard of dentists who treat people with no Pass, but they’re far. So no dental care.
We tried to buy art supplies for our kids from a craft store. No purchase allowed without a Pass.
We tried to buy educational toys in a toy store. We were barred from entering.
How is this a reasonable approach to anything? Please follow the link above to read the entire article and view the rest of the Tweets.