I am not an epidemiologist or doctor, nor do I profess to be one. I do know, however, that the social distancing measures and the recommendation that we only have contact with those of our household has been effective. The majority of us obeyed, and we were seeing results.

When Gov. Gary Herbert announced that Utah would switch from the “red” phase to “orange,” a moderate risk phase, not much changed as far as interaction with the general population. Both social distancing and mask-wearing is still highly encouraged when in close proximity with others. 

So, when I saw 12-15 children, their coaches and parents — all within close proximity at a local ball diamond having a seemingly carefree practice — I was shocked. They carried on in close proximity and without masks — potentially opening up countless households and vulnerable people to the devastating effects of a worldwide pandemic through asymptomatic carriers. And all this, just because a little league coach insisted on having a practice for a season that has surely been canceled.  

Do we really not understand the meaning of moving from red to orange? I love little league as much as the next guy, but I also love my neighbors and my elderly grandparents. Let’s have a little common sense here: a virus that has affected the entire world surely is not going to take a day off when it comes to your well-intentioned baseball practice or otherwise unauthorized social gathering. 

Bryant McConkie