Spare a thought for the poor sod who’s been in charge of 51st State Festival’s social media pages today. Over the past 24 hours, they’ve been fielding enquiries, complaints and tedious rants from people. Why? Because 51st State Festival has now disclosed if you want to get in, you’ll need either proof you’ve had your two jabs or a negative test.

These anti-vaxxers are forever going on about freedom. In their case, the freedom not to get vaccinated. Where is their respect to the festival for exercising their freedom to put in rules like this? That’s what freedom means. Their house, their rules. Or does that only apply when you agree with the rules?

Anyway, their posts on this subject truly are bringing out a smorgasbord from the sensible to the downright stupid. The sensible ranges from comments asking whether a certificate is acceptable, as they come from Scotland – where different rules to England apply. And then you get to the stupid.

There’s no end of comments to choose from, but I’ll just choose one. I shall leave out her second name, but someone called Natalie claims she will not do the test. The reason? Apparently, the Ethylene Oxide used to sterilise the tests before they’re sent out is dangerous – despite the fact it’s been used for at least half a century on countless pieces of medical equipment.

With that sort of logic, perhaps Natalie had best stay away from everyone, not just 51st State Festival…

By The Editor

Editor-in-chief at Amateur’s House.