Hygiene Theatre

Hygiene Theatre

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants are attempting to assure patrons that they’re now sanitising surfaces to protect us. This then begs the question: what were they doing pre-Covid-19 – just spreading shit around with no regard to the public’s health?

Is this like supermarkets advertising that they sell ‘Fresh meats and vegetables’? Who, exactly, goes shopping for rotten meats, vegetables and stale food?

Bottomline, it’s just another platitude as reassuring as ‘The Health and Safety of our customers are our #1 priority’. No, it is not. Their #1 priority is making money. Customers are just a means to an end: Profit. It’s much like Trump claiming to care about Americans (in general) and Black Americans/minorities (in particular). No he doesn’t. He just wants to get re-elected.