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Around the country, the public’s patience for staying home is wearing thin. Desperate lawmakers are trying their best to keep people home by issuing fines–even arresting those who defy orders, and in Illinois businesses that open too soon can now be charged with Class A misdemeanor under a measure enacted by Governor J.B. Pritzker
But even when businesses do reopen, precautions must be taken and will ensure that “business as usual” is merely a pipe dream.
Why This Matters: There’s no going back to how things were before–our world is forever changed because of this pandemic. However, some politicians keep perpetuating the myth that we can simply turn back the clock with the right precautions. We have to consider the workers and people who are most at risk and craft policies to protect them, not merely rush to reopen because people are having trouble staying home. With more than two-thirds of states significantly relaxing restrictions on how Americans can move about over the last few weeks, an uptick in cases is widely predicted–managing this cycle will take reconfiguring the way we’re used to doing things.
Getting Creative: Churches in many states will begin to reopen with fewer numbers, one Detroit priest has taken to shooting holy water from a water gun to maintain social distancing with parishioners.
60 Minutes Asks: Yesterday, 60 Minutes interviewed environmentalist Bill McKibben on how we use this time to address climate change as well as coronavirus. His answer:
Author Bill McKibben says we now have an opportunity to flatten another curve after coronavirus: “Flatten the carbon curve too… [T]hen people might look back in 50 years at this time and thank us, you know, instead of curse us.” https://t.co/a5D1kL9prtpic.twitter.com/TN3T9U9iXq
The International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]
In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]
While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]
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