(Written by Ronald Guest)
Recently Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp lifted the “Stay at home” order permitting restaurants, salons, gyms & other nonessential businesses to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 the pandemic that has plagued the country over the past several months. Some elected officials, small business owners, and residents are questioning; is this happening too soon?
Despite the lift, more than 120 of Georgia’s most acclaimed restaurants refuse to open; as reported by Christina Maxouris of CNN. Inevitably, the risk of spreading the virus will increase with the reopening of the state and allowing public gatherings. In fact, in an article published on May 4th by Forbes magazine; Kevin Murnane reported the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in
Georgia has increased by more than 40% since the state reopened for business. Of course, the final decision would be on the business owners and their employees. However, financial hardship could cause a rush in the decision-making process.
We are all burdened by this pandemic in several different ways. For the working class;
economic turmoil is a factor that is being faced. Aside from Mortgage, rent, insurance, and the monthly obligations most of us face, day to day expenses are still very relevant. In March of
2020, the stimulus bill was passed which granted some families a modest deal of relief; allowing them the chance to obtain necessities without the worry of tapping into their normal expense funds; for the most part. However, for most; that 1200 dollars were gone before it even arrived in their accounts.
I believe most of us do understand the significance of getting the economy back to a
functional position. As well as, they want us to get our everyday lives back to normal. Or as close to normal as we could come. Although I personally feel, and I think most would agree that none of the money, outings, or public social gatherings is worth the health & well-being of ourselves; nor our loved ones.
I do feel reopening Georgia and the other states that have followed is a huge mistake. I’m not sure why this rush to lift the “stay at home” order is taking place. I have heard a discussion
that it is racially motivated. Some have said it’s economically motivated. No matter what the
reason is; someone has to be first. I just don’t feel two and a half weeks was sufficient time to
prepare a plan of action that will be effective when dealing with the lives of our everyday
citizens. So with that being said, I’ll give you a quote that I’m sure most of us are familiar with
and let you fill in the blanks. “I don’t care what that ______ said, get your dumb_____ in the
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I told you how I felt now I want to hear your views on are we ready to reopen the country?
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