Yesterday's headlines about John's Hopkins, not yet quashed and canceled, are that COVID will be "over" by April. That is alarming news for our California government, I'm sure, and for the other blue states that are still tightly shut down.
When our Munchausen-by-proxy syndrome governmental obstruction of life is forced into retirement, we'll finally see the serious problems it caused, and there won't be any way to hide. I think that's why politicians are so reluctant to let go.
What will happen when we finally take the masks off and move freely? It will become obvious that many of the empty storefronts and restaurant spaces are not coming back to life. The news about the number of once thriving businesses that are now permanently closed will be unavoidable.
You can't shove it under the rug when it glares back at you. This will reflect badly on those who thought to cure COVID by destroying our livelihoods. It is going to go deep, too, affecting not just storefront businesses, but the ones you don't see publicly.