“Stay-in Home” Order Part 2

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 Well, later that same day, the Mayor re instituted the rescinded order.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.

          Sidebar:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Now TruTalk:

  • 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.

Sources:

https://time.com/5815492/flight-attendants-coronavirus/

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/georgia/articles/2020-04-03/stay-home-order-could-roll-back-some-local-restrictions

“Stay-in Home” Orders

Due to the coronavirus, most States within the US have a “stay-in home” order. Now, 39 Governors have adopted the “stay-in home” order in hopes of slowing the corona pandemic. However, 11 states have yet to adopt the “stay-in home” order. Confused?? Well, me too.

The only standard with “stay-in home” orders – each state declared some businesses essential & some non-essential. The essential businesses we all know – grocery/pet stores, gas stations, home improvement, pharmacies/medicinal marijuana, banks,  laundry, lodging , auto supply/repair, health care, restaurants (take/delivery only), & alcohol stores.

The inconsistencies are that some states list church or religious gathering as essential; and other states list religious gathering as non-essential. Some states limit gathering to 5; some limit to 10; and some limit to 50. Moreover, despite repeated warnings from health experts about the risk of social interaction, four states exempted religious gathers from the order completely.

  • Michigan “stay-in home” bans gatherings of 50 or more. But the ban exempts houses of worship. Governor Whitner further said to Fox News, “That’s an area we don’t have the ability to directly enforce or control.”
  • Kansas “stay-in home” bans more than 10 people. Its ban also exempted houses of worship as long as congregants engage in appropriate social distancing.
  • Ohio “stay-in home” ban went further by allowing exemptions for religious gatherings, including weddings and funerals. Additionally, the order reads, “exemption for any gathering for the purpose of the expression of First Amendment protected speech.”
  • New Mexico “stay-in home” bans 5 or more but excludes those “congregated in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship.”

Sidebar:

  1. I have no idea how any governor can list religion/church gathering as non-essential.
  2. Who do religious people call on in their time of need or in these scary times? Certainly, not their government officials.
  3. How can alcohol stores be listed as essential but religious gathering as non-essential?

Due to this confusion or perhaps in spite of it, two Pastors were arrested and will be fine for not complying with the “stay-in home” gathering limits. Rodney Howard-Browne, Pastor of The River Church, has been charged with two counts of unlawful assembly and a violation of health emergency rules in Tampa (Hillsborough County).

His attorney, Mat Staver said, the “church took extra health precautions for its services; and the church gave each attendee hand sanitizer, had its staffers wear gloves and enforced a six-foot distance between family groups in the auditorium.”

On the Churches’ website:

“The Church is a place where people turn for help and for comfort in a climate of fear and uncertainty. In a time of crisis, people are fearful and in need of comfort and community.”

Tony Spell, of Life Tabernacle Church in Louisiana, received summonses for six services as the State has an order against more than 50. The Rev. Tony Spell told CNN, “If they close every door in this city, then I will close my doors. But you can’t say the retailers are essential but the church is not. That is a persecution of the faith.”

Now Trutalk:

  • For some, religious gathering or spiritual nourishment is just as essential as food, medication, or exercise.
  • Clearly, different Governors see essential & non-essential businesses differently.
  • Clearly, different Governors see the “stay-in home” orders differently as 11 states have no such order.
  • Some governors have allowed different cities or counties within their state to make its own decision. Therefore, some residents within the same state are “stay-in home” & some are not.
  • How do you expect people to be on the same page when the leaders signing such orders are not on same page?
  • Penalizing the Pastors for having church but not the parishioners for going is counterproductive. All know about the gathering order and social distancing; clearly, they feel a great need. Punish no one.

These inconsistencies require a part 2. A tease; yesterday, the Mayor of Cumming Georgia stopped completely social distancing. “Effective immediately I have rescinded the social distancing order that took effect on the morning of April 1, 2020”

Sources:

https://thecrimereport.org/2020/03/31/tampa-pastor-arrested-for-violating-safer-at-home-orde; https://www.fox13news.com/news/tampa-megachurch-pastor-arrested-after-leading-packed-services-despite-safer-at-home-orders; https://abcnews.go.com/Health/states-crack-gatherings-due-coronavirus-exemptions-religious-groups/story?id=69847021