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COVID Lockdown 2.0 Conspiracy

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The COVID Lockdown 2.0 Conspiracy is a conspiracy theory based on unfounded rumors that the Biden administration is planning on reinstating COVID-19 lockdown or quarantine protocols in response to an increase in coronavirus cases that occurred in the summer of 2023. The theory was first pushed by Alex Jones on Infowars, leading several conservative social media posters to claim they would not comply with a potential lockdown. As of late August 2023, there is no evidence that the Biden administration is planning to reintroduce lockdowns.

Origin

On August 18th, 2023, Infowars[1] wrote that the Biden administration purportedly plans to reintroduce some COVID-19 lockdown measures in September, with a full reintroduction of the 2020-2021 lockdown measures to take place in December 2023. According to its piece, "a high-level TSA official" supposedly told Infowars that TSA and airport employees were told that mandatory masking policies would return in September.

Infowars then said it reached out to "a trusted Border Patrol source" and heard that Border Patrol had received the same guidelines. The article then extrapolated this information to claim the U.S. government is planning the reintroduction of lockdown policies to combat the Eris variant of COVID, which had caused a recent uptick in cases, though scientists have opined it is less severe than previous variants.[2]

In the August 18th article, Infowars argued that the lockdowns would be put into effect to divide the country and help President Joe Biden politically, citing how mail-in ballots largely helped Biden in the 2020 United States Presidential Election. Infowars wrote:

Infowars’ analysis is clear: this new rollout’s timing is perfect for the embattled Biden administration to put the country back in a state of civil emergency and even martial law to further divide and confuse the public and move forward with the greatest election meddling in history.

The same day, Alex Jones appeared on the Infowars show to further spread the conspiracy (repost by @AlexJonesFan6 shown below).


Spread

After Infowars sounded the alarm about a potential new lockdown, other conservative influencers and users on Twitter pointed to circumstantial evidence in order to push the conspiracy that the Biden administration was purportedly gearing up to reintroduce lockdown measures.

On August 21st, 2023, Natalie Winters[3] (a co-host of Steve Bannon's War Room) showed supposed receipts of the U.S. government purchasing COVID-19-related equipment, such as test kits and consulting services, as proof that the government was getting ready to implement a second lockdown, gaining over 10,000 retweets and 15,000 likes on Twitter in two days (shown below, left).

On August 22nd, Mike Cernovich[4] posted falling Pfizer stock prices to suggest that the government was getting ready to further COVID hysteria to boost the company's profits, gaining over 9,800 retweets and 37,000 likes in roughly a day (shown below, right).


*** Natalie Winters @nataliegwinters The federal government has already begun buying COVID-19 equipment and hiring consultants to enforce pandemic-era "safety protocols." Some of these contracts are scheduled to begin in September and October. AND PROPLE Contract Summary Delivery Order (DO) PID 36C10823N00040000 www Awarding Agency Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) SAward Amount ng Agency Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Award Amounts Recipient ODDBALL INC 1815 400 WTON DC 2000 UNITED STATES $1.7 Million Obligated A lanket Purchase Agreement (DPA) Call PID 36C24123N1006 Unlinked Award $1.7 Million Current Award Amount Recipient ABBOTT MOLECULAR INC 1300 E TOUHY AVE DES PLANES 5001631 UND WES $3.3 Million Poland Amount $2.0 Million Obligated Amount $2.0 Million Current Award Amount $2.0 Million Potential Award Amount Ar Paent Award Univ CONT_IDV 36010821000043600 Description Ny Classication Syste C Stand $415: Computer Systems Design and d ses Other Computer Services Parent Award Unique Key CONT DV 2412140078 3800 TASK ORDERS FOR DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE E014 MODIFICATION TO ADD FAR 2229 ENSURING ADEQUATE GOVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS OOTDEVIATION Description Dates Ⓒ and Medie Mancing 325413 - Diagnostic Sub Manufacturing 11:06 AM. Aug 21, 2023 in Progress (11 months remair Tade SD Cu EndDate Putorial End Date ALINITYMCOVID TESTING, HIV TESTING, HPV TESTING SUPPLIES North American Industry Classification Syste (NAICS) Code M Productor Service Code PSC) SERVICES 0: ADP AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS Start Dat Current End Date Potential End Date Aug 14, 2023 Aug 13 20 Product Service Co PRODUCTS Sep 22, 2023 Sep 21, 2004 Sep 21, 2004 Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) Call PID 36C24123N0963 & MEDICAL DENTALVETERINARY OPTSUPP VITROMSTANCES KITS AND SETS Awarding Agency Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) KAARD PROFILE Not Starts Contract Summary SAA Delivery Order (00) PID WB1K0223F0027 Uked Awarding Agency Department of Defense (DOD BIOFIRE DIAGNOSTICS, LLC $16-COLOROWDR SALT LAKE CITE UT 84124 UNITED STATES Congo De SAward Amounts $1.3 Million Obligated Amount $1.3 Million Curent Award Amount $1.3 Million Potential Award Amount Recipient HOLOGIC SALES AND SERVICE, LLC CAMPUS OVE MARLBOROUGH MA UNITED STATES Cong Cuent Amour $1.5 Million Potel Amount Related Awards Par Award Unique Key CONT_IDV 3602412140048 3000 Description BOFORE COVIDIS TESTING REAGENTS AND EQUIPMENT North Amerindustry Classification System NAICS Code Maturing 3254 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 24tic Substance Related Ar PAward Unique Kay CONT DV W10421000100700 Description 33 Mures Dec Sody StartDate -Cuneta Pental End De 154515 All La Mafacturing Produto Service Code (PDC) PRODUCTS In Progress (11 months remai Start Date Quent End D End De : P Aug 1, 2009 Aug 17, 2004 Aug 17,20 MEDICAL DENTAL VETERINARY OPTISUPP esse: IN VITRO DIAGNOSTIC SUBSTANCES REAGENTS, TEST HITS AND SETS Share Dearad HOLLOGIO COVID TESTING SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY AT MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA08431 (NEW DELIVERY ORDER Not Started . Oct 01, 2023 May 31, 204 May 31, 2024 MEDICAL/DENTAL/YETENARY OPT SUPP 4515 MEDICAL AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES Cernovich @Cernovich Check the Pfizer stock price and then you'll see why Covid is "back." Pfizer Inc. NYSE: PFE 36.84 USD -14.42 (-28.13%) year to date Closed: Aug 22, 4:58 PM EDT. Disclaimer After hours 36.84 0.00 (0.00%) 60 50 40 30- novich 1D 5D 1M Apr 2023 6M Pfizer YTD More Aug 2023 ...

The hashtag "#DoNotComply" spread among conservatives and various users on Twitter with posts and images declaring that they would not comply with lockdown restrictions. For example, on August 23rd, user @RealHickory[5] posted an image implying a second lockdown was part of Biden's plan to win reelection, gaining over 500 retweets and 800 likes in roughly six hours (shown below, left).

The same day, user @Sassafrass_84[6] made a post declaring that she would not wear a mask if lockdown restrictions were reintroduced, gaining over 130 retweets and 200 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, right).


Mike Engleman @RealHickory Just in time to steal another election! #DoNotComply BIDEN VIRUS *2024* MAKE AMERICA SCARED AGAIN +MAGA Nancy and 3 others 7:56 AM. Aug 23, 2023 : Sassafrass84 @Sassafrass_84 Just a daily reminder for the upcoming covid scam. #DoNotComply safrass 84 I will not wear it on my face I will not wear it any place. I will not wear it to get in. I will not wear it on my chin. I will not wear it on my ear. I will not wear it out of fear. : I will not wear your stupid mask. I will not wear it. DO NOT ASK.

As of August 23rd, there is no evidence suggesting the Biden administration is planning to reintroduce lockdown restrictions later in 2023.[7]

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