CoPIRG & Other Organizations Need to Stop Suggesting Slowing the Economy

Number of Covid-19 Cases Increase

Cristal M Clark

Was reading an interesting article today here in Denver where CoPRIG, Colorado Public Interest Research Foundation is asking the state to shut down bars and restaurants, in fact they are asking all businesses that are not considered essential to be closed for now, limit travel, enforce face mask orders etc.

Look, I get it seeing the number of cases on the rise is a concern however, at some point we need to each be responsible for our own health and behavior, governments should not ever at any time have so much power even in a time of a pandemic to shut down states, municipalities or a nation, by doing that we shut down our precious economy. We are already seeing a record number of bars, restaurants and small businesses across the state and our nation, close for good because they cannot continue to sustain operating at limited capacity or pay bills when they have never been able to open back up in the first place.

I keep hearing we need more testing as well. Agreed, but here are the facts: we don’t have it and we are not going to have it anytime soon so get over it and start to educate the public. We can throw stones at leaders all day long for mishandling how we responded to the pandemic, that still will not get us anywhere at all. We must educate the public, even Trump’s supporters until they get it and from my understanding many of his supporters who became infected at one point or another spend quite a bit of their own personal time educating people to wear face masks, socially distance and isolate the vulnerable. Rather than shut shit down, tell the elderly and the vulnerable that they must stay home and to only go out for essentials and at only designated times so as to decrease their chance of interaction with the general public.

The fact is, we missed step number 1 and we keep missing it, education and then isolating the vulnerable and sick. What we should not be doing is shutting things down and ensuring more of our population is put out of work for the long term, and how many more businesses need to close for good?

Again, I get it but rather than force businesses to lay off employees and then close, or enforce restrictions that so strictly limit a businesses capability from actually being able to be open and operate, enforce things like wearing face masks, and cite people who are not wearing them and businesses for not enforcing the rules. That is what governments do, not shut things down, that gives them too much power. 

I also get the argument that people are becoming fatigued, we are and yes I become upset at others when they try to argue reasons for not wearing a face mask. It is pure both utterly stupid and shelfish behavior but our governments need to be stepping up and enforcing the orders and that includes fining businesses and people who do not wear or enforce wearing face masks. 

Listening to science means that we educate and then enforce the science to a reasonable extent. 

Groups like CoPRIG need to stop suggesting things that do not work, did they ever really work in the first place? No they did not look at our numbers now. Sure we had no national plan but we are also not seeing much of a state or local plan, all we see are a bunch of so called leaders pointing fingers and making threats. 

What about just issuing a city or statewide mask wearing order and then enforcing that order? Instead what we see are suggestions like those from CoPRIG that shut things down again, fuck up our economy and put more people out of work. Part of the reason people are fatigued is because we fucked up the economy, try it again and I would venture to guess you will see an even higher number of rebelling. When you scare people with things like shutting down, they fear job loss, or of not finding a new job since they already lost a job, they react and not in good ways. 

The solution is to educate and then enforce at the very least mask wearing and then addressing the issues surrounding the ederly. Stores need to make home delivery of essentials easier for the elderly to accomplish, but again you can’t really tell a US citizen that they cannot leave their home unless you declare martial law.  

So educate and enforce, it’s that simple. If some jackass wants to argue wearing a face mask, they can shop online, not in stores, and enforce that to the fullest extent and stop shutting things down.  

That is what people are fatigued about, the restrictions, the shutting everything down, the threat of another shut down. We failed at the two things we should have been doing, education and enforcing what we just educated everyone to be doing. 

Cristal M Clark

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