Governor Northam expanded the scope of his previous COVID-19 orders, extending the stay-at-home rule to June 10, a full 77 days from his initial closing of non-essential businesses.
While emergency response protocols may have required some stay in place orders, is this extension really warranted?
Virginia families and businesses will be the ones to deal with the fallout. COVID-19 is serious, but logical, and we should be focusing on mitigation to limit and flatten the curve.
“Going back to work” doesn’t mean an end to precautions, all social distancing, or strong measures to bolster medical preparedness and protect our vulnerable populations
The argument is that we are decimating our economy and plunging the country into a depression on purpose — something no country has ever done — this will destroy many millions of lives and cause so much suffering that it won’t be worth the cost.
America can chew gum and walk at the same time. That means we can talk about saving lives and livelihoods without sacrificing one for the other.
Why are we adding 70 days? As of this writing, Virginia seems to be coping. With over 100,000 tested, the rate of infection is only around 0.01.
There seems to be no realization for the hardship we are going to have to deal with. What is the economic mitigation plan?
Not only are we shutting down beaches, but gutting the 12th largest economy ($492,000,000,000) in the country.
Virginia businesses are not set up to handle a shutdown of this length. The service industry is being hammered; many businesses with never open, most of these are mom and pops. Those jobs are gone forever.
Canceling the school year also placed an undue burden on working families with school-age children. Assuming they still have jobs, how are two family earners, and single parents suppose to survive this?
How will the state budget look after-sales and other taxes have evaporated?
The courts are also affected, only taking on emergency cases.
Law enforcement is in the cross-hairs. People are going to be released from custody because their right to a speedy trial is being violated.
Finally, our governor was oblivious to the magnitude of what he was ordering. No questions about what this will do to the economy or working families. No questions about how his administration is planning to deal with that fallout.
We have lost sight of a hard fact that even the most extreme measures (shutting down Virginia till June 10) taken cannot completely eradicate the coronavirus or create a situation with zero risks. We have to balance the risks to our health with the risks of an economic meltdown.
You are on your own folks.