Governments don’t manage expectations well, since they’re trying to avoid blowback.
The Ontario government is currently a Conservative government, so they don’t take the pandemic as seriously as they should. If the experts say you need to shift to “gray” (worst restrictions) when 1000 people per (whatever unit) are sick, they’ll make it 4000 people per (whatever unit) because they’re trying to “balance” the economy with the pandemic. They only shifted to 4000 people when the media complained their original limit was even higher and they weren’t listening to the experts.
They will then (following their new, looser rules) extend a lockdown by two weeks because things are bad, and some people think that after two weeks they’ll lift the restrictions, but things don’t improve, so they need to extend the lockdown by another two weeks, etc. That will keep on happening.
Many common sense steps took a very long time. Only recently did the Canadian government require visitors (and returning Canadians) to have a negative COVID test to enter the country. We were in a pandemic for around 10 months when those rules were imposed, which makes no sense to me (that should have been imposed back in March of 2020). So now, as there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, it looks like the government is imposing more restrictions.
Dr. Fauci has been saying people might need to wear masks and socially distance until February 2022, even though all adults who want a vaccine should be vaccinated by the end of the summer. This is very poor expectations management. It sounds like people who will get the vaccine will be punished due to the behavior of the vaccine hesitant.
Even rational politicians will shoot themselves in the foot. Maybe I shouldn’t name names, but some politicians have been pushing to open schools, even though getting all of those teachers vaccinated in time is difficult (it takes time, and some teachers are vaccine hesitant). Either schools reopen and case loads go up (with some parents getting upset), or school openings get delayed, and some other parents will get upset.