Ending Shelter-In-Place

I want to share an idea I had related to opening businesses, allowing people to return to work, and yet still keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. While I highly doubt I’m the only one who has thought of this since few ideas are “original,” I’m curious to know what my blog readers think.

Before you share your opinions, please know that I’m well aware there are those who would strongly resist my idea since they believe it would infringe on their “freedom.” But putting that aside, do you think such a plan would work? And would YOU be willing to follow it?

The most important requirement of this plan would be that EVERYONE … I mean, EVERYONE … would have to participate.

Ending the shelter in place

Until mass testing becomes available to identify who is or is not infected — or until a vaccine is available — we would ALL wear protective face masks.

NO EXCEPTIONS.

People could return to work, we could all go places, do things, and return to
semi-normal living. BUT we would have to wear a mask to protect both ourselves and others.

And these would not be “homemade” coverings. They would have to be masks that truly protect both parties — perhaps a type of N-95 mask that has been (quickly) designed by some innovative (i.e., money-oriented) company to be more comfortable for long periods of wear yet performs comparatively.

There would undoubtedly be resistance to such a requirement, so mask-wearing would need to be a government-mandated requirement, which means law enforcement may need to be involved.

As this action would allow people to return to work, all business establishments would be required to post messages to remind employees to thoroughly wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.

I know. I know. The idea is probably pretty far-fetched, but absent mass testing or a vaccine, we are all at risk each and every time we come in contact with the public.

Moreover, many people are suffering greatly from the “shelter-in-place” restrictions. Not only from loss of income, but from the emotional toll as well.

As many of you know, Trump is currently pushing (threatening?) to open everything up by May 1st. I don’t think I need to expand on the dangers of this action until some type of safety restrictions are in place.

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