If you’ve read my piece The Coronavirus Pandemic and Your Business: 5 Things You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive, then you know where I stand on lockdowns and the pandemic. We must take reasonable steps to protect the most vulnerable – the elderly (over 70 especially) and our friends and neighbors of any age with existing health problems and immunodeficiencies. Once we’ve accomplished that, we need to get real and do the right thing.
The rules imposed on business owners during the pandemic vary widely from state to state. In Utah, where I live, I give the Governor high marks. While we are not back to normal, almost all businesses can re-open. If you live in Pennsylvania, Michigan, or New Jersey, well, you’re in a world of freakin’ hurt.
I do not understand the draconian and arbitrary rules imposed in some of these restrictive states. If hundreds of us can jam inside a Home Depot or a Wal Mart, with masks on and keeping six feet apart, how can you tell a restaurant to stay closed? Or a church? Or a school? In New Jersey, one gym owner’s patrons were followed after they left his business by state troopers and given citations. A salon owner in Texas was jailed for opening her business (she was freed by the Governor). In California, I think the mayor of Los Angeles has lost his damn mind.
What happened to common sense? Does anyone really believe that the Wuhan Coronavirus is going to kill millions of healthy people under the age of 70? After what we know now? That’s simply not rational.
What is all too rational is if we, as a nation, do not open up right now (as safely as we can) millions of people will be out of work for longer than a 60-day furlough. Tens of thousands of businesses will be destroyed. I cannot believe anyone of any political persuasion wants that outcome. Committing economic suicide is incomprehensible to any stable person with a brain.
It’s time for sanity to prevail. Open up America.