DeSantis Says Parents Should Decide Whether To Quarantine Healthy Kids After COVID-19 Exposure

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Florida parents will be allowed to choose whether their children quarantine after in-school COVID exposure, as long as the child does not have COVID symptoms, according to a revised rule from the state’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.

“Parents have a right to have their healthy kids in school,” DeSantis commented at a press conference Wednesday.

DeSantis said that schools previously forced students to quarantine despite showing no symptoms after being exposed to a COVID-positive classmate. In addition to learning loss for students, he explained, the policy meant that working parents had to miss work to stay at home with healthy children at a moment’s notice.

“Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging for their educational advancements. It’s also incredibly disruptive for families all throughout the state of Florida.” (RELATED: One Of The Wealthiest School Districts In US Reallocates COVID-19 Relief Funds Toward ‘Equity’ Programs)

Across the country, strict quarantine rules have resulted in school districts forcing hundreds of students at a time to stay home. For example, more than 800 Carroll County, Maryland students and school faculty were in quarantine on September 17.

“We’ve been looking at this for a long time. The European CDC always advised against healthy quarantines. They advised a symptom-based approach last year…if someone is sick, they stay home. But anyone who may have been in contact without symptoms should be able to stay in school; they can be monitored, the parents can be notified,” DeSantis said during the press conference. (RELATED: Florida Court Temporarily Blocks Vaccine Mandate)

The Florida Board Of Education (BOE) ruled in early August that parents can use vouchers to take their kids out of school’s that impose mask mandates.

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An Inside Look at Australia’s ‘Mandatory Quarantine Camps:’ A Dystopian Reality in 2021 Where Travelers are Confined “Like Animals at the Zoo”

An Inside Look at Australia’s ‘Mandatory Quarantine Camps:’ A Dystopian Reality in 2021 Where Travelers are Confined “Like Animals at the Zoo” – (Video)

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Australia Revives Nazi-style “Quarantine Camps” to “Keep People Safe”

Back in February of this year, The New American reported on the opening of “COVID jails” in Germany, where repeat quarantine offenders were detained in a juvenile detention center in the state of Saxony. Modeling a similar approach as the Germans, who fenced off sections of a refugee camp and kept inmates under police guard, the government of Australia’s Northern Territory has resurrected a former mining camp — described as “a stylish, innovative and sustainable accommodation village” on the facility’s website — where people returning to the country after traveling across state lines or abroad are required to quarantine for 14 days in the now state-supervised and -sponsored facility.

Australians forced to stay — at their own expense — in the splendid bush of the Outback at the Centre for National Resilience, formerly known as the Manigurr-ma Village, are seemingly healthy people. The facility, praised on its developer’s website for its “award-winning urban design,” boasting “tropical courtyard buildings, green space corridors, landscape zones and parks,” situated on the outskirts of the city of Darwin, is, at present, not a comfortable respite for citizens looking to escape their normal lives.

Over the weekend, footage taken from inside the facility did not show people enjoying leisurely activities such as “swimming, cycling, beach volleyball and indoor cricket, to improve and maintain their health and fitness,” as illustrated on the facility’s website. Instead, an inmate at the Centre described disturbing conditions, wherein he is “waiting patiently to be fed,” adhering to the state-imposed rules of quarantine. Per the government’s website below, should the captive violate the rules of the “village accommodations,” quarantine could be extended another 10 days, with offenders facing thousands of dollars in fines.

According to the website of the Northern Territory Government:

International and interstate travelers (from designated hotspots) who are eligible to enter the Northern Territory are required by law to undertake 14 days of quarantine in state supervised accommodations under the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011. The accommodation is determined by the Northern Territory Government.*

Individuals entering into mandatory supervised quarantine in the Northern Territory will be charged a rate of $2,500 per person or $5,000 for a family of two or more people for 14 days.

Any person found breaching quarantine regulations will be liable for fines.

So far, two supervised-quarantine facilities exist in the Northern Territory: The Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs, Darwin; and Alice Springs Quarantine Facility in Alice Springs. Travelers are required to enter facilities “closest to their entry in the Northern Territory unless otherwise directed by the Chief Health Officer or their delegate.”

A troubling TikTok video that went viral online shows Australian Jeremy Longdon at the Howard Springs facility, standing outside his room awaiting a meal to be delivered. “I’m just waiting patiently to be fed,” he said, visibly distressed. “It’s like when you shake the bag of dog treats, and the dogs come running. We’re always outside waiting.”

Using his camera phone, Longdon panned the facility property showing one-story, cabin-like structures that chillingly recall a “nicer version” of the barracks at Auschwitz for anyone who has visited the German death camp.

Longdon described a scary police presence, with cops hovering nearby, waiting to catch inmates with their masks pulled down. In the video, he explained a “tense” situation involving a woman in a “cabin” across from him, who pulled down her mask “for about five seconds” in between sips of tea. “The cops came around literally on the dot,” he said, quoting the woman who told the officer, “I’m just drinking my tea.” “Well not now you’re not. Put your face mask on,” said the officer, according to Longdon.

The Howard Springs facility requires citizens to remain in their “allocated rooms” or “veranda space” unless given permission by an officer on duty. Inmates are not allowed to interact with others in the facility, unless it is a family member also in quarantine. Upon arrival, each person receives a “resident booklet,” which states that they must remain “at least 1.5 metres away from any person in the facility,” and wear a face mask when outside the room unless authorized by an officer. Residents also must comply with any directions given by an officer and are not allowed outside the “quarantine zone” unless escorted by an officer.

According to local news reports, the quarantine camp is among the first of its kind in the Australian Commonwealth. Yet another, larger facility in the Orwellian-named area of Wellcamp, expected to hold up to 1,000 beds, is now under construction near the city of Toowoomba, in the northeastern region of Queensland.

Australia Health Minister Greg Hunt, who has led the country’s response to the coronavirus since March 2020, has allegedly deemed the Wellcamp facility “unsuitable,” yet Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appears to have circumvented federal authorities and forged ahead with the “urgent” project.

Contracted to build at Wellcamp is property development and investment group Wagner Corporation. According to Palaszczuk, the facility will symbolize a “commitment by the Wagner family working with the Queensland government to say to the people of Queensland, ‘we want to keep you safe,’ and the best way to keep you safe and to keep Delta out of Queensland is to build as quickly as possible a regional quarantine facility.”

“We are up against a highly infectious Delta variant that’s sweeping the world,” said Palaszczuk in a video announcement. “We don’t know what’s next. We need to get these facilities up and running and everybody has seen how successful Howard Springs is.”

Wellcamp was expected to be completed by the end of August, providing what officials in Queensland say is a much-needed reprieve for hotels in the area experiencing a surge in reservations since the mandatory quarantines began earlier this year.

According to 7News, Palaszczuk told reporters that Wellcamp would be “a great boost for our defense against the Delta virus in this country and, in fact, I believe we need regional facilities right across the country.”

“We are going to be dealing with Delta for some time, and if we want to open Australia, we want to open our states up, regional quarantine facilities are the second part of the answer — the first part of the answer is vaccines.” Such unprecedented actions by the Australian government are no doubt leading people worldwide to a very dark place, yet Australians know well not to complain, for fear of being arrested by the authorities. As writer David Hiscox wrote, “the lockdown of everybody is being transitioned into the ‘lockout’ of the unvaxxed.”

Americans have repeatedly been warned, but should the people decide not to stand against the unconstitutional vaccine and mask mandates, certainly the harassment and captivity will be coming here next.

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Inside an Australian COVID Internment Camp, a Dystopian Hell Awaits – RedState

COVID has revealed a lot over the last year and a half, but no country has been exposed more for its underlying culture of tyranny than Australia. Formerly a beacon of freedom, community, and beautiful landscapes, the land down under has morphed into a dystopian hellscape where the government blesses its residents with an hour of free time a day. The former prison colony has reverted to its roots.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in the COVID internment camps now operating in Australia. Travelers, both foreign and domestic are forced into one of the various metal buildings to serve out their 14-day sentence. There, they remain “quarantined,” only to be delivered food by faceless operatives in full protective gear.

This per The New York Times.

HOWARD SPRINGS, Australia — On Day 8 of my two-week stay at Australia’s only remote, dedicated facility for Covid quarantine, I called my 11-year-old daughter at home in Sydney to ask how her day at school had gone. All I heard was a long pause.

“Dad,” she said. “It’s Saturday.”

I looked out the window as if my confusion could be cleared by the brown all around me — the single-story metal lodging, the pathways, the bags of food that had just been dropped off by workers in face shields. It was not yet 5 p.m. and they were delivering dinner?

Such is life in a former mining camp near the northern tip of the country, in a place called Howard Springs — a temporary home for hundreds of domestic and international travelers being forced to wait around long enough to prove they’re Covid-free.

Australia has given these camps the Orwellian name of “centers for national resilience,” a turn of phrase that would be more at home in North Korea or China. And more are being built to pursue the goal of so-called “COVID zero,” though, the government has recently begun to admit that may not be possible.

The supposed collective good is the excuse used to justify such drastic violations of individual rights. Yet, the lack of science behind the idea is palpable. Given the efficacy of current tests and the known incubation period of the virus, what is the basis for needing to keep someone locked away by force for 14 straight days? The Australian government, and perhaps many of the people who live there, take a “better safe than sorry” approach, though.

The question is how long do they expect to keep this up? The internment camp strategy appears to be long-term, but are they just postponing the inevitable? It’s also worth noting that the strategy doesn’t appear to be working.

To be fair, the pushback has already started. Numerous scenes of civil disobedience have been chronicled, and a trucker-driver strike (partially caused by a backlash to COVID mitigation that has harmed the work environment) has left grocery store shelves bare.

But nothing seems to be phasing the Aussie government, including the state governments that are facilitating much of the mitigation. They have charted a path of total control and appear to have no intention of letting go of that power. Only a sustained campaign of the public fighting back, including at the ballot box, can turn this around.

In the meantime, the nightmare continues for many, though, the average Aussie is loathed to admit just how upset they are by what’s happening to them. Many nations have gone down this path in the past for various reasons. It never ends with anything except an all-powerful government doing whatever it can to maintain control. The time to change course is now before it’s too late.

As for those in the United States, let this be an example of what to never allow in your own country.

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Australia Unveils Orwellian App Using Facial Recognition Software, Geolocation to Enforce Covid Quarantine Orders

Australia Unveils Orwellian App Using Facial Recognition Software, Geolocation to Enforce Covid Quarantine Orders

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Principal threatened with citizen’s arrest after ordering COVID quarantine

An irate dad was among three men who threatened an Arizona principal with a citizen’s arrest because she ordered his child to quarantine because of a possible exposure to COVID-19, reports said.

The trio confronted principal Diane Vargo at Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson on Thursday.

“He had video in my face, and two other men barged into my office,” Vargo told a local NBC News affiliate. “And one of them was carrying zip ties. … They were three big men. I was scared. My assistant was scared.”

The student was reportedly present during the incident.

Police were called when the men refused to listen to the principal, who said she was following Pima County Health Department in her decision to quarantine the student for at least a week.

All three men were recording the principal and her aide, “and threatening to arrest us,” she told the outlet.

The father, Rishi Rambaran, 40, was arrested for Friday, charged with trespassing on school grounds, according to NBC. He was later released. The other two men don’t have kids at the school, Vargo said.

“I asked them to leave and they would not,” she said. “My door is open to talk to parents. But the way he did it was not OK.”

The Post has reached out to the Tucson Police Department.

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Arizona father threatens school principal with citizen’s arrest, zip tie over quarantine rules

Wielding zip ties, an Arizona father threatened the principal of his son’s elementary school with a citizen’s arrest upon learning his child would be required to quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district confirmed that the father arrived Thursday morning at the Mesquite Elementary School with his son and two other men to protest the quarantine policy. The men told the principal, Diane Vargo, that they would conduct a citizen’s arrest if the child was not permitted to enter the school building.

Schools in the state are required to report virus cases to the county health department, which in turn assesses who needs to quarantine. John Carruth, the district superintendent, said Thursday was a “tough day.”

“One of the most powerful tools as adults is the behavior that we model to young people – and the behavior that was modeled today makes me really sad,” he said. 

In August, Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey said that state would not provide federal COVID-19 relief funds to public school districts that required students to ear masks.

“Parents are in the driver’s seat, and it’s their right to make decisions that best fit the needs of their children,” he said at the time. 

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Australia testing ‘Orwellian’ quarantine app that dispatches police if users don’t verify location within 15 minutes

A state in Australia is testing a new app that would help the government track residents to ensure they are obeying COVID-19 quarantine orders.

The government of South Australia has begun a trial of the Home Quarantine SA, an app that The Atlantic calls “as Orwellian as any in the free world.”

Australians will download an app on their cellphone that features facial recognition and geolocation. The South Australian government will randomly contact the user to check if they are at their approved quarantine location. Users will have 15 minutes to take a photo of their face. If the quarantining individual fails to reply within 15 minutes, a police officer will be sent to “check” on the person.

“Home Quarantine SA uses geolocation and live face recognition check-ins as a key component of ensuring your safety, as well as the safety of the community,” the government of South Australia website states. “The check-ins are on a randomized schedule and confirm that you are at your approved address and ensures you are compliant with your home quarantine direction.”

“The app performs several geolocation and live face recognition check-ins at random intervals each day and you will have 15 minutes to respond,” the website reads. “If you miss the notification and the phone call, a compliance officer may visit the approved address to check you are safe and compliant with your direction.”

“If a person cannot successfully verify their location or identity when requested, SA Health will notify SA Police who will conduct an in-person check on the person in quarantine,” the Australian Broadcast Company reported.

“Home Quarantine SA is voluntary at this time,” the government notes.

Premier Steven Marshall touted the invasive app, “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”

Marshall said the pilot program began with about 50 people, but he hoped the trial would be expanded to international travelers in “subsequent weeks.”

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald commented on the quarantine app, “No matter your views of COVID, what’s happening in Australia is alarming, extreme and dangerous.”

Australia already has some of the most stringent lockdowns in the world.

In New South Wales, individuals who break lockdown orders face a maximum penalty of A$11,000 ($7,840), or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, and another A$5,500 ($3,920) penalty “may apply for each day the offense continues.”

Last week, the Queensland government announced that it was building a regional COVID-19 quarantine facility that will have 1,000 beds by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

In July, about 300 Australian army personnel were deployed in Sydney to enforce coronavirus lockdown orders, even going door-to-door to ensure COVID-positive Australians are quarantining.

Last month, there were massive protests, which at times became violent, against the draconian COVID-19 lockdowns in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney.

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South Australia residents now forced to download quarantine app that randomly requires picture proving they are at home

Australia’s federal and state governments public health restrictions on its citizens have become even more draconian, with restrictions on freedom of movement and a requirement that citizens in South Australia download a phone app that combines facial recognition with geolocation. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said he knows that the burden is heavy, and that “This is not a sustainable way to live in this country.”

Interstate travel within Australia has been severely restricted in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country, with residents now being forced to download an Orwellian phone app that uses facial recognition and geolocation to keep track of its citizens.

The Atlantic reports

People in South Australia will be forced to download an app that combines facial recognition and geolocation. The state will text them at random times, and thereafter they will have 15 minutes to take a picture of their face in the location where they are supposed to be. Should they fail, the local police department will be sent to follow up in person. “We don’t tell them how often or when, on a random basis they have to reply within 15 minutes,” Premier Steven Marshall explained. “I think every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”

Other states in the country have also cracked down on citizens’ liberties in the name of safety, with the state of Victoria announcing a curfew and suspending parliamentary activities during the pandemic. 

Scholar John Lee wrote in an article for the Brookings Institution that, “To put this in context, federal and state parliaments sat during both world wars and the Spanish Flu, and curfews have never been imposed.”

“In responding to a question about whether he had gone too far with respect to imposing a curfew (avoiding the question of why a curfew was needed when no other state had one), Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews replied: ‘it is not about human rights. It is about human life,’” according to the Atlantic.

Speaking to the BBC, New South Wales Police Minister David Elliott defended the deployment of the Australian military to enforce lockdowns, saying that some residents of the state thought “the rules didn’t apply to them.” In Sydney, where more than five million people have been in lockdown for more than two months, and Melbourne, the country’s second-biggest city, anti-lockdown protests were banned, and when dissenters gathered anyway, hundreds were arrested and fined, Reuters reported.

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County judge enjoins Illinois school from excluding student without quarantine order

An Illinois circuit court judge says a school district can’t keep a student from attending school unless there’s a quarantine order issued.

The Temporary Restraining Order against Carlyle Community Unit School District #1 issued by Clinton County Judge Don Sheafor Monday stems from a case challenging keeping a student from in-person education over allegations the student was in contact with someone who may have tested positive.

Attorney Thomas DeVore brought the case in Clinton County on behalf of Ronald Peters, a parent.

Sheafor’s order says the district is “enjoined from excluding [the unidentified student] from the facilities for being an individual public health risk unless an order of quarantine issues against [the student] from the local health department as required by the Illinois State Board of Education.”

“The court was clear that due process was being violated by the school district as an order of quarantine issued by the health department was necessary to suspend the children’s right to an in-person education,” DeVore said of the order. “The judge said we have a dictatorship if due process is not afforded to people.”

The district could not be reached for comment.

A hearing on a preliminary injunction is set for Sept. 27.

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