Quit Playing Games With Our Health

Can Californians Take COVID Gathering Guidance Seriously If the State Still Plans to Host the Super Bowl?

When is California going to stop playing COVID games?

Your columnist is a devout follower of state public health officials and their guidance. I wear two masks in public settings and get tested regularly, even after having had all three of my COVID vaccine shots.

Yet I’m struggling to take California’s latest public health directives seriously—especially the reminder to keep gatherings small and avoid large events. That’s because it’s not clear that state and local officials are serious about what they’re saying.

I can witness their lack of seriousness firsthand in my own …