Quarantines in the U.S.A.
You may have heard of the ‘stay at home order’ as a governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But where were stay at home orders enacted in the wake of new coronavirus concerns in March?
Basically, nearly every state in the country implemented some kind of stay at home order, whether it was your average limitation on large gatherings, or something more strict. With the exception of Wyoming, North and South Dakota and a few other states in the middle of the country, almost all state governors chose to create some sort of comprehensive stay-at-home order, at least in the first days of pandemic shutdowns.
Now, most of the stay-at-home orders have been relatively lifted, either by red, yellow and green progressive reopening systems or by some other method. But these were key realities in March and April, and in some cases, through May and parts of June. The damage to small business was tremendous, and we’re still sorting through it. In many cases, the closures worked to the advantage of large corporate offices, and primarily challenged small businesses operating in grassroots America’s Main Street.
A New York times piece shows where stay-at-home orders were enacted and weren’t enacted. It also provides some quotations from state governors:
“I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others … We need to keep these efforts up.” Gov. Doug Ducey, AZ
“This is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time… We will look back at these decisions as pivotal.” Gov. Gavin Newsom, CA
“We owe it to ourselves and our fellow Americans in order to save lives,” – Gov. Jared Polis, CO
“At this point … I think it’s the right thing to do.” – Gov. Brian Kemp, GA
“The threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented and requires aggressive action,” – Gov. David Ige, HA
So now that most of these quarantines have been relatively lifted, what do we do to keep moving forward in the post-coronavirus era?
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