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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Public Must Wear Face Masks in Public? 

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Many Retailers and Grocers Fail at Training Employees 

Cristal M Clark 

As states begin to lift stay at home orders and ease restrictions many are asking the public to make sure that they wear face masks when in public places such as supermarkets and retail stores. While this has been happening many of my readers have noted some serious offenders over on the other side of that request. 

Walk through your local supermarket and take note of what you see employees doing, Target, Walmart is by far the worst. Here in Colorado I went to multiple WalMart locations at the request of some of my readers to view in utter amazement of just how poorly employees are being trained with regards for the proper procedures to wear a face mask and gloves. 

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I began my journey at the beginning of the week and stopped into a few King Soopers here in town, what I saw were employee’s not wearing the masks correctly, some kept pulling them up and down, touching their faces then touching consumer goods, many did not change gloves after handling cash then moving onto the next customer.  What made this even worse is that for the Kings Soopers I visited they offered no clear plastic screen in between the customer and the store clerk during checkout. At one of them I witnessed employees walking out the side door to their car presumably on break to eat, pull the mask down, eat over the mask then pull it back over their mouth and nose and head back into work. 

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Target was somewhat better, the employee’s seemed to understand the concept of once you are on shift and your mask is on, you need to leave it on. However, in the parking lot for those that were gathering the carts I witnessed the removal of masks in between pulling carts together, touching their faces with gloved hands, then off to move more carts. 

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The worst locations to visit were WalMart, I actually emailed them and offered to for free hold a training class for the majority of the Colorado locations on how to wear PPE. What I witnessed at each store both sickened me but really made me worry about whether or not WalMart cares for their customers much less their employees. At almost every store, employee after employee would fidget with the face masks, touch their faces, body, one gal was itching her armpit before moving her mask back up then went back to stocking consumer grocery items. At one of the hot food counters I saw an employee pull his mask off, stick his head into the hot food grill to pull out some chick while talking to a customer. Several employees who were stocking had the masks all the way pulled down or halfway down, one store in particular was the absolute worst, I went back just to see if the WalMart Corporate office had spoken to them after my message a couple of days ago. They in fact had not. This morning I saw an elderly man monitoring those that were leaving pull his mask down and cough into the air without properly covering his face as customers walked past. That store allows employees to keep drinks and snacks at the check out where I have watched clerks pull the mask down, take a drink, then fidget to pull the mask back up, not change gloves and go right back to handling consumer goods. 

All three stores seemed to lack training in terms of socially distancing. At Walmart this morning when I went back to check, I saw a group of WalMart employees around 6 at the least in a group outside of the exit happily screwing around, some had the mask on, some did not. A customer who was walking in behind me mentioned it loudly as we entered the store as he was in shock. While I understand in some cases due to the nature of shopping, social distancing is not feasible however, wearing the PPE at all times while on shift without touching it, pulling it halfway down, off, and changing gloves is very feasible. 

For the most part, I would not suggest in most cases with the exception of WalMart, that employees are taking this as a joke, they seem pretty serious about it, they are just lacking training. 

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Whole Foods, Sprouts and Safeway get an A+. Employees seem to be properly trained, and are not seen moving the mask on and off while on shift, they clean everything constantly, change gloves when they need to so kudos to them. 

The moral here is that if states, cities and municipalities require the general public to wear face masks, I would challenge them to go to the retail shops and grocery stores we shop at and ensure that the employees of those stores are in fact wearing their PPE correctly at all times, ensure that those employees are properly trained and start taking wearing the PPE serious, and who let’s your employee eat and drink food at the checkouts, WalMart needs to knock that shit right off. 

Cristal M Clark

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