It’s good to be a really wealthy, and elite particular person while you need to get previous these pesky quarantines that some nations world wide are nonetheless forcing on the frequent man and lady who aren’t banking royalty. In the case of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Hong Kong’s 21-day lodge quarantine doesn’t apply.
“The justification is related to economy, as this is a very huge bank with key business in Hong Kong,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam mentioned in an everyday briefing on Tuesday, in line with Bloomberg. “He needs to come to Hong Kong for work for about a day.”
Lam famous that Dimon nonetheless had limits positioned on his itinerary and his journey was “restricted” and the danger “is totally manageable.”
In August, Hong Kong granted a 21-day quarantine exemption to Nicole Kidman who was on the town to movie a TV sequence, proving that you simply simply have to be from the elite class to get proper previous that COVID quarantine. Hong Kong’s stance on Kidman was that her journey was “for the purpose of performing designated professional work, taking into account that it is conducive to maintaining the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy.”
“This is a very huge bank.”
Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam defends giving JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon an exemption to skip the town’s as much as 21-day quarantine, saying the dangers had been “manageable” https://t.co/O8Qo3QchVF pic.twitter.com/86lrZv7MWB
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) November 16, 2021
Now it’s Jamie Dimon’s flip to bypass this ridiculous three-week quarantine whereas the nation chases COVID Zero in an try and eradicate the virus from the town of seven.4 million or so. If you aren’t a wealthy banker or actress engaged on an Amazon-funded film, your typical journey to Hong Kong consists of spending three weeks in a lodge for those who’re coming into from the U.Ok. or the U.S. even for those who’re vaccinated. Most vacationers and non-residents are banned altogether.
As we’ve realized via this pandemic, those that scream the loudest about how try to be dwelling in fixed worry (on this case, Hong Kong leaders) don’t have any drawback permitting their enterprise buddies to maintain dwelling their lives like regular. When these leaders are caught dishonest the principles they’ve set for the frequent man, there’s at all times a “he’s an important banker” or “she’s helping develop Hong Kong’s economy” motive as to why these persons are exempt from the usual guidelines.
Here within the U.S., it’s like when the DC mayor officiated and attended a marriage with “hundreds” of unmasked company at a time when the town had an indoor masks mandate. Or like in 2020 when disgraced New York governor Andrew Cuomo was going to do Thanksgiving along with his mom and household despite the fact that he lectured New Yorkers about how they had been going to kill members of the family if that they had dinner.
Or like Gavin Newsom breaking his personal indoor eating guidelines. Or like Denver’s mayor telling folks to keep away from flying simply earlier than he boarded a flight to Houston. Or like San Francisco’s mayor breaking her personal indoor masking guidelines.
“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she informed a neighborhood TV station after being outed for being a hypocrite.
And so Dimon will go on his journey to Hong Kong and fellow wealthy folks will proceed to bypass the dumb guidelines that proceed to pinch the freedoms of the frequent particular person.
How lengthy will the mandate regimes proceed to function in such a way?
If it’s as much as Joe Biden, it gained’t come till he’s pressured 100 million to get a COVID vaccine shot. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” he mentioned in early November.
In different phrases, there’s a protracted method to go earlier than the elites have any curiosity in releasing their grip in your lives.