Well at least we have them on a back foot somewhat.
Like you alluded to earlier: if they think they can just carry on in this way, it pretty much sets up an inevitable backlash in future.
It's unrealistic not to expect concerned people to adapt to reality in terms of protecting their families and communities (especially vulnerable members). Sadly, poor impulse control on part of some nutjobs and their inappropriate reactions, will be seized on to try and further derail rightful concerns.
But this deeply rooted evil will be defeated.