Can you believe that we are midway through June and hardworking Massachusetts taxpayers are still being handed a corona crock about social distancing, and we remain under the throws of a dictatorial lockdown?

Try going to church without having a reservation or being the 101st person in line to be saved. Sorry, going to church is unsafe. Protesting and rioting are ok but attending Sunday mass is unforgivably selfish and must be regulated by the Baker and Mitchell Administrations. And don't defy them, because they'll send the cops in to count.

How about going to your neighborhood corner bar that probably holds no more than 30 or so people? No can do. Unless the bar serves food, you ain't going there until a cure for the virus has been found. Seriously, bars cannot open until Baker's Phase 4.

Have you eaten in – er, outside – a restaurant since Baker gave the ok to let them serve you in the parking lot? Nothing says a romantic dinner out quite like folding tables and chairs on hot asphalt. The 99 Restaurant actually served me my food in plastic takeout containers in a paper bag. They read me an entire list of rules before I could enter the roped-off section of tar and then demanded my phone number just in case someone got sick and they needed to notify me.

In-store shopping is returning slowly. Except for the lines to get in, the in-store shopping experience is pretty much as I remember it from before the onset of the plague. Now if I can just get someone to deliver my furniture.

Next up, back to school. Masks, social distancing, teacher-supervised handwashing, and limits of 10 students to a classroom await us all in just a couple of months. Can't wait.

Maybe we can convince the governor that this whole thing was just one big dopey mistake and he'll forget about it. Nah, people like Baker don't know how to admit their mistakes, so I guess we're screwed until a corona-cure is discovered.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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