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COVID EMERGENCY POWERS: Salem, the Home of Witch Trials, Demands Phone Data to Enter Eateries

Dr. Naomi Wolf is concerned about the actions being taken in the home of the Salem Witch Trials, where out of control lawmakers are legislating the theft of privacy rights from all people in that area who want to eat out at restaurants.

“Just walked into a restaurant in Salem MA and was asked to scan my phone on entry for Track and Trace. The restaurant faces $300 fine for not making me. I said No, Fourth Amendment. Pure data harvesting for Big Tech (who no doubt has MA contract) to monetize, plus geolocation. Evil,” Wolf wrote on Twitter.

Wolf is an intriguing character, she is a radical far-left Democrat and leading feminist with experience working for Bill Clinton, who is also embattled by the left for defending her classic liberal point of view.

Here, in a series of posts, Wolf is questioning the power grab by lawmakers in Salem MA.

“Those new demands re geolocation of customers on restaurants plus demands to make customers order food w drink (how does this help re pandemic?) are all part of conditioning. Constantly revising upward state intrusions and control til you are grateful for crumbs of autonomy,” Wolf wrote in reaction to a press statement from the city of Salem MA that had been taped to a restaurant door.

From the Salem Press Release:

ISSUED: November 20, 2020
WHEREAS, a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence of circumstances demanding public action has arisen
throughout the world and within the City of Salem due to the pandemic spread of the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, and persons suffering from the effects of the resulting illness caused by the virus, known as COVID-19 (“COVID-19 Pandemic”); and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially fatal respiratory disease, the prevalence of which is
increasing rapidly throughout the world, inclusive of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, Governor Charles D. Baker, acting pursuant to the powers provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 and Section 2A of Chapter 17 of the Massachusetts General Laws, declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the outbreak of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization designated the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic
Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States announced a national declaration of emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Mayor and the Board of Health of the City of Salem determined that the threat
of COVID-19 poses a present, real and imminent danger to public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of Salem and as such declared a Public Health Emergency in the City of Salem;

WHEREAS COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the
virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety;

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued Sector-Specific Safety Standards for all industries
under the Phased Reopening plan issued by the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs stating that many
businesses should maintain a log of workers and visitors to support potential contact tracing to include, name, date, time, contact information.

WHEREAS, immediate action is needed to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to public health, safety, or general welfare of the residents of Salem which may otherwise result from the COVID-19 Pandemic; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, §§ 104 and 30, the City’s Board of Health and their Agent shall use all
possible care to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection;

The Board of Health, pursuant to 310 CMR 11.05, 105 CMR 300.200 and all other authorizing statutes and
regulations, acting by and through its agent authorized under MGL c. 111, §30, hereby Order the following
requirement for Salem businesses:

1. Any business identified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sector-Specific Reopening guidance
( as requiring a log of
employees and customers for contact tracing purposes must have individuals complete a City of Salem
Contact Tracing Form at each employee shift or customer visit. The purpose of the Contact Tracing Form is to
support possible case investigation and contract tracing should a positive COVID-19 case be traced to a
particular establishment. A QR Code link to the form is provided here.

2. If any provision of this Order or the application thereof to any person or entity or circumstance is determined
to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall not affect or impair the validity of the
other provisions of this Order or the application thereof to other persons, entities and circumstances.
Violations of this Order may be punishable by monetary municipal fines up to $300.00 and to the extent
necessary, this Order shall be enforced by Board of Health officials.

This emergency order shall be effective immediately and remain in effect until notice is given,
pursuant to the Board of Health’s judgement, that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.
ORDERED at City Hall this 20th day of November 2020.

For the Board of Health
David Greenbaum
Health Agent
Salem Board of Health


The state Health Department believes that people will be very happy about this push to invade their privacy.


This is not new territory. Wolf is right to alert Americans to the dangers of releasing private phone data under emergency powers.

Consider that around the world people are reporting that the government taking their phone data is not working out well for them.

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