Protesters Around The Country Continue To Call For The Re-Opening Of States

(FreedomJournal.Org)- “Freedom over fear.”
“Shutdown the shutdown.”
These are just two of the many signs that protesters across the country wielded this weekend, as demonstrations urging the re-opening of the country continue to erupt.
Protesters are tired of dealing with shelter-in-place orders and want the country to re-open again, even as most of the states where the demonstrations are taking place don’t yet meet President Donald Trump’s guidelines for entering phase one of re-opening.
In Annapolis, Maryland, protestor Paul Brokman told a local CNN affiliate:
“We don’t think there’s any reason we can’t protect the elderly and the vulnerable from this virus and still get our small businesses back up to work.”
In Indianapolis, Indiana, Any Lyons told a local CNN affiliate:
“If I get sick, then I am going to bear the consequences of my getting sick. If anybody else gets sick, they bear the consequences of their free choice without government coercion to do so. That’s what this is about.”
Governors and other state officials are sympathetic with the words of these protesters, but they continued to stress patience and caution. Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican, said he understands “the frustration among the people that want to get things open right away. I’m frustrated also.
“We’re doing everything we possibly can to re-open in a safe manner. But I don’t think it’s helpful to encourage demonstrations and encourage people to go against the president’s own policy.”
That policy, revealed by Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force last week, says states should remain closed until they can show a downward trajectory of documented cases of coronavirus over a 14-day period, or a downward trajectory of positive tests compared to total tests over a 14-day period.
Maryland hasn’t met those standards thus far, and as a result wouldn’t be ready to enter phase one of the re-opening plan.
Lawmakers, politicians and health care professionals around the country don’t like to shut down states and restrict people’s movements and free will, but they have consistently said it’s one of the greatest weapons against the spread of the virus. While statistics in some of the hardest-hit states such as New York are dropping, the idea is to ease back into re-opening when it’s absolutely safe so as to prevent a second wave.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer explained her views on it:
“No one’s more anxious to re-engage our economy than I am. But I want to do it in a way that really does save life. That means that we can avoid a second wave. Because as tough as this is, it would be devastating to have a second wave.”
One question that reigns supreme in this whole protesting situation is: If the protesters got their way and states re-opened today (hypothetically), would people even feel safe enough to patronize their businesses?
Simply being open doesn’t do much good to small businesses, especially in retail sectors. They need customers and clients who are willing to go out and spend money.