According to the CDC, the best way to slow the spread of coronavirus is by practicing social distancing (i.e.: staying a minimum of at least 6 feet apart at all times) as this virus can be spread through close human-to human contact.
While this may be difficult to maintain, it is not impossible to do in big box stores as they are much larger in size to begin with. These stores are also equipped with the essential goods everyone will need to continue purchasing for survival purposes.
When it comes to dining- you can also opt to cook at home, utilize a drive-thru fast food window, or use a take-out/delivery service now that in-house dining room service has been interrupted.
Health is certainly a priority during a Pandemic outbreak. But the dramatic toll it has taken on the economy by way of business declines or closures has been nothing short of catastrophic for stores deemed “non-essential” according to Business Insider.
In an effort to aid employers, the President enacted the CARES Act via The Unites States Small Business Administration (SBA) giving $376 billion dollars in relief funding in the form of grants and loans to small business to help them continue their payroll and keep their utilities on.
As people can no longer directly engage with one another- this has completely eliminated all services where any human contact is necessary. Leaving places like hair salons, nail parlors, or tattoo shops closed with no way to earn an income, as confirmed by FOX Business.
The virus shutdowns have put a severe damper on the hospitality industry. As stated by Bloomberg.comleaving more than 15 million jobs at risk for people employed at hotels, casinos, and bars across the country by even larger scale employers.
In the state of Ohio alone, unemployment has risen from 4.1% to 5.5% during the month of March due to the Coronavirus layoffs, information courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch. To help paint the picture that is more than 300,000 people now without jobs- that still need to feed, clothe, and house their families.
NBC News, recently conducted an in-depth report that “nearly half of the states in America do not have the proper funding to continue to pay all of the unemployment claims” that are being filed- and Ohio is on that list.
According to Eric Hayslett, a pro-active political member of our local community: “That by allowing business to re-open (even with added safety precautions) employers would have the opportunity to make money- enabling them to pay their employees, begin to repay their back logged rent and utility bills, and start to re-stimulate the United States economy”.
In an effort to alleviate further business closures or layoffs in the state of Ohio- owners, patrons, and citizens alike have rallied together for the common goal of Re-Opening Ohio’s economy. Members of the community are holding weekly protests outside of the Statehouse building in Columbus, Ohio.
“Of course, there is a potential health risk involved with allowing business to re-open-but without attempting to do so a crippling economy also runs the risk of our Countries’ collapse via poverty” said Bill Hrabak, political talk show host for WZAA 106.9 LPFM.
In short, citizens pushing to re-open the economy would like to see local brick and mortar business survive, have the ability to employ people looking for jobs, and offer some stability during a time of crisis. They are not by any means trying to push those whom do not feel comfortable leaving their homes (or anyone who has been encouraged to stay home by the advisement of a medical professional) to do so.