I realize it’s easy for me to say shut down the tourism, the hotels, the bars and restaurants, the gyms and all but very essential businesses.
I don’t own or operate a business. I was laid off at MidWeek but federal and state unemployment compensation more than covers me. I don’t pay rent, don’t have a mortgage, or a child to put through college. I’m financially okay.
Virus control may ruin many people and I do not take that lightly. The prosperity of our whole nation is at stake if Covid-19 persists. That’s why we should have killed it right when it showed up.
Giving in too much to economic concerns at the outset gave sickness and even a death sentence to many of our people. If there’s no quickie vaccine, Covid will go on and on. 20 cases here, 40 cases there. What will next week bring?
We needed to stop it in its tracks!
We’ve done some things we should not have. Failed to do other things. State government and our health people were trying to compromise. The idea was not to stop the virus. Just to make sure we had the hospital facilities to handle the casualties.
We should never have reopened bars. Bars are filled with people who tend to be very irresponsible once they’ve drunk enough. What was the sense –beyond re-starting business flowing — of opening indoor restaurants where the virus can float for at least 20 minutes after its expression in a breath or a cough?
Recent clusters have been associated with social gatherings and gyms, state health officials say.
And allowing in tourists who promised (ha ha) to honor a voluntary quarantine? We should have taken over an airport hotel, then done as Australia has done. Bus each planeload of tourists directly to the hotel. Put a guard on each floor to make sure they stay in their rooms, only ordering out for food. We’d quickly have had no tourists. But we’d also quickly had no infections from them.
We have recently had more than 700 tourists arriving in a single day. Each says “sure, I’ll to quarantine. Where? Oh, with some friends.”
We went soft and then went softer — planning to allow tourists in with a pre-test for Covid. But they could have caught it in the departure airport or on the airplane.
And we know from experience that people we let in earlier were not all following the quarantine rules. Big boo-boo.
At a minimum, we should be requiring and enforcing mask wearing EVERYWHERE in public, not just in buildings. I see clumps of young people on streets enroute to a beach or park gathering, all shouting and laughing, none wearing masks.
Incidentally, that gang of journalists clumped around the KGMB conference room table last Thursday for mayor-candidate interviews –no marks.
The clumps of people — surely not all family members –we’re seeing at our parks and beaches, all unmasked, is another route for infection transfer.
We should be issuing police citations to any person on public property without a mask except when eating or drinking.
We’re either going to kill this thing or it’s going to kill us.
The Ige administration — the governor, the lieutenant governor and the health director — should be held fully accountable for failing the impose enforced quarantine on all arrivals and a mask-wearing requirement for everyone in public.
Their failures have damaged us.