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Please Enjoy These COVID-19 Gym Protesters Getting Their Arses Handed To Them

They really didn't think this one through at all.

We’ve had some seriously ridiculous things happen during this coronavirus pandemic, but we may have hit peak COVID-19 stupidity courtesy of the dumbest ever demonstration put on by a group of short-sighted gym protesters.

Speaking of coronavirus stupidty, the GOAT team talk about how people are falling for COVID-19 hoaxes and misinformation on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

30 or so protesters in Florida weren’t too happy that their gym was closed due to COVID-19 and decided to put on a demonstration (which was live-streamed) expressing their displeasure at being unable to workout while the coronavirus pandamic is wrecking havoc across their country.

This level of COVID-19 stupidity is pretty par for the course in America and this dumb little gym protest wouldn’t have gotten much attention had they not shown just how little thought they put into this whole anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration.

You see, when a news helicopter flew past this little COVID-19 lockdown protest, the gym protesters thought it would be a great idea to start doing push-ups and squats to really hammer home their complaints.

That’s right, these COVID-19 protesters are protesting over their closed gym by *checks notes* working out and proving to the world that they actually don’t need the gym to be open during the coronavirus pandemic in order to exercise.

Jesus Christ.

With that kind of COVID-19 logic being thrown around by protesters, it’s no wonder why Florida is one of the U.S. states where the coronavirus pandemic has hit the hardest.

To the absolute surprise of no one, the internet came down hard on this group of protesters and gave them a roasting that would have turkeys wincing in sympathy.

Unsurprisingly, the organiser of this gym protest later admitted to Buzzfeed News that working out for the camera was not a good idea and sheepishly concedes that all those comments about not needing a gym to exercise are valid.

However, he tries to dig himself out of his hole by claiming that the point of this protest was to highlight the struggle of local businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown and not the first world problem of being unable to take gym selfies in front of those big mirrors after a set of bicep curls.

With an incompetent Cheeto-in-Chief as a leader, politicians who are more concerned with earning a buck than saving lives, and clueless protesters putting on stupid COVID-19 demonstrations that defeat their very point, it’s no wonder why America has royally dropped the ball during this coronavirus pandemic.

Well done, America. You’ve become the prime example of what not to do during a pandemic.

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The Govt's COVIDSafe Roadmap Lets You Travel, But Only A Little Bit

Small steps.

After weeks of hearing Australia’s leaders flip-flopping back and forth on when the COVID-19 lockdown rules will end, Scott Morrison has finally revealed an actual “COVIDSafe roadmap” that outlines a plan on getting things back to something akin to normal by July (hopefully).

The GOAT team talk about ‘Hollywood’, i.e your next Netflix iso binge, on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Scotty laid out the COVIDSafe roadmap in a press conference and it involves a three-stage plan to gradually open Australia back up once we’ve got a firm handle on the COVID-19 crisis.

Now there’s no set time frame on when this plan will be achieved as Scotty says the COVIDSafe roadmap will be followed at the discretion of each state and territory depending on how things go (which we know can be unpredictable). The idea is to hopefully reach step three by July and have Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown rules end or at least eased up by then. But again who knows.

If it makes you feel better, we will be allowed to travel again. Well, sort of.

Anyway, here’s the rundown of Scott Morrison’s grand plan to ease the COVID-19 lockdown rules and gradually open Australia back up.

Step One – Small steps

Bye bye two-people rule and hello social gatherings of up to five people at home, and 10 people in business and public areas. Working from home is still at the discretion of your employers so if it’s been working then keep doing what you’re doing.

Restaurants, cafes, and retail stores will be opening again. Libraries, community centres, classrooms, playgrounds, and boot camps (A/N: uhh what?) will also be open, albeit under certain rules. Restrictions on outdoor gatherings will also ease up and funerals can have up to 30 attendees while weddings can have 10.

Here’s the big one: local and regional travel will be allowed again but not interstate travel. Baby steps.

Step Two – Getting bigger

Gatherings up to 20 people will be allowed now. WFH rules still the same.

More recreational venues will (finally) open under certain restrictions, such as cinemas, galleries, community sport, gyms, beauty parlours, and theme parks. Those who’ve been really missing camping and caravan-ing can also go do that.

Last but definitely not least: some interstate travel will be permitted again, though that depends on the border policies of each state and territory.

Step Three – Approaching normality

Things will be approaching something resembling normality here as gatherings up to 100 people will be allowed, though it all depends on how steps one and two go. WFH is no longer implemented and all of us should be headed back to the workplace.

For those sick of drinking at home, pubs, clubs, nightclubs and food courts will finally open up again, albeit with restrictions.

And now the big one: all interstate travel will be permitted (including air travel) and international Trans-Tasman travel will be considered. International travel for the Pacific Islands and international students will also be looked at.

Throughout each of the three steps, people are to still follow established physical distancing rules. this means:

  • Stand 1.5 metres apart.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Don’t be a slob when sneezing and/or coughing.
  • Staying home if you’re sick.
  • (Optional) Download the COVIDSafe app. The govt has this on their rules list but we have it optional because of the app’s various functionality and security issues.

You know, things we’ve all been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia.

Now all this looks promising but keep in mind again that there’s no set timeline for Scott Morrison’s COVIDSafe roadmap to be fully implemented. It’ll be up to the states and territories to make the big decisions on how to follow Scotty’s plan and it is very possible the planned July target may be a bit too optimistic.

But hey, at least this COVIDSafe roadmap shows that there’s some sort of plan in place to open Australia back up post-COVID-19, which is more than can be said for other countries around the world. We just have to be patient but it’s nice to know that we’re inching ever closer to normality.

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‘MKR’ Gets The Chop As Pete Evans Backs More Dangerous COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

Karma much?

It really isn’t a good time to be a certain celebrity chef with “alternate” views on MKR right now. Following another barrage of criticism for plugging some dangerous COVID-19 conspiracy theories from a British nutjob, Pete Evans appears to be out of a TV job as MKR is reportedly axed as well.

What’s that saying…. oh yes, when it rains it frigging pours.

Speaking of COVID-19 conspiracy theories involving Pete Evans, the GOAT team dive right into all the coronavirus nonsense going around on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

Pete Evans has copped a fresh wave of backlash after promoting the insane COVID-19 views of David Icke, a chap from Britain who makes headlines for his cooked conspiracy theories, been previously accused of being a holocaust denier, and has even been banned from entering Australia due to his views.

Seems like all this unsavoury stuff didn’t deter Pete Evans as he shared an Instagram post urging his fans to watch a three-hour interview where Icke makes some truly bonkers COVID-19 claims, like how it is “a fake pandemic with no virus,” rehashing that old “5G is the cause” conspiracy theory, and comparing social distancing rules to “Nazi Germany facism.”

Yeah, it’s not great.

Unsurprisingly, Pete’s plugging of Icke’s COVID-19 conspiracy theories didn’t go down well with many people and prompted Labor MP Josh Burns, who is Jewish, to write to the celeb chef (as per The Guardian) and cautioning him about promoting Icke’s views on social media.

As unsavoury as all this COVID-19 nonsense is, it’s all sadly in line with what Pete has done in the past. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Pete has shamed people for eating “crap food,” shared his anti-vax views, and promoted some BioCharger machine he’s selling as a miracle COVID-19 cure (which is completely not true and it landed him a big fine for false advertising).

Just to compound Pete Evans’ not-so-good week, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that MKR has been axed due to dismal ratings, which is the last thing you want due to the dip in advertising thanks to COVID-19.

It is reported that while MKR getting axed means Pete Evans has been released from his pricy $800,000 contract, the parting was deemed to be “amicable” and he’ll be pursuing “his own endeavours,” which presumably means devoting more time into his “wellness” stuff. Yay.

As for what Seven has said about this, the network says “nothing has been announced.”

So yeah. Between getting slammed for more COVID-19 nonsense to MKR getting axed, it isn’t a good time to be Pete Evans right now.

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