Part 2 of “Stay-in home” inconsistencies
We left off last week with the Mayor Troy Brumbalow of Cumming Georgia rescinding the social distancing order. Well, later that same day, the Mayor re instituted the rescinded order. He wrote that he had made an “emotional snap judgement” after several weeks of caring for his grandfather, who recently passed away. Interesting indeed.
To add more to the confusion in Georgia, on Saturday April 4, Governor Kemp of Georgia rollback most, if not all, restrictions on local jurisdictions imposed on Georgians. The latest stay at home order reads parks and beaches can reopen. Additionally, the new orders remove or nullify curfews on cities in Georgia that was implemented weeks ago.
These orders are all over the place. Governors cannot even use the same language when putting out the order. Some of the names that governors’ use for their residents to stay put.
Stay-in; Stay healthy; Home or work; Safer at home; Shut-in; & Healthy at home.
Additionally, there are still eight (8) states that have yet to order any kind of “stay-in” home order. Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota Utah, & Wyoming all allow their residence relatively free movement.
The inconsistencies – and seemingly arbitrary orders – regarding how Governors came up with restrictions for their states vary much more than I initially thought. Here is a list of some of the craziness.
- Some states say liquor is essential; some non-essential.
- Some state say beauty supply stores are essential; some non-essential.
- Some state say video games store essential; some non-essential.
- Some states say gun stores are essential; some non-essential.
- Some states say golf & tennis are an allowed outdoor recreation; some say they are not.
- Some states say the residents are not allowed to leave the state; some don’t care if residents leave.
- Some states say recreational marijuana is essential; some non-essential.
- Some states say church is essential; some do not; yet, some states exempt them from either.
- Some states have curfews like 9:00pm – 5:00am; some do not.
- Some states say if non-residents come into their state from a “hot spots” like New York, the person or persons must quarantine themselves for 14 days; some do not.
- Once a non-resident enters into a state that requires 14 day quarantine, who tracks the 14 days? This is pure window dressing as it’s not possible to track.
- Is it not possible for Governors to have gotten together via phone to come up with the same list of essential & non-essential businesses – especially neighboring states?
One of the things that all states have allowed is flying. Flight attendants are “essential critical infrastructure workers” by the U.S. government. Therefore, they are exempt from CDC guidelines requiring them to self-quarantine after traveling to high-risk areas or potential exposure. Believe me; I understand the need to travel particularly for business. However, do we need to endanger more people on airplanes especially the flight attendants – who come in contact with travelers from everywhere? I would image flight attendants have been exposed to hundreds of unexpected positive covid-19 cases. If so, they in turn likely transmitted to hundreds of people who continue to fly every day.
- Clearly, what businesses are essential or non-essential seems to be whatever that Governor wants them to be.
- What sense does it make for some states to require car travelers into their state to quarantine for 14 days but not when people are flying into the same state?
- Time to really consider no flights for a while.
- Stay in if you are not feeling well, even with mild symptoms.
- If you know others are ill – even family members, maintain proper distance to the extent you can.
- Practice extra care for the front line people (any store staff, all health professional, law enforcement, and flight attendants.)
- This virus is scary to us all; so, the more consistency we all have the better we will adhere to the new normal.