There is one question I doubt was asked, let alone answered. I have a mind that asks the obvious sometimes. You probably do as well, so let’s ask it.
If “essential businesses” were able to quickly maneuver to keep their employees and customers safe, and thereby remain open for business, why would we assume that “non-essential” businesses couldn’t also adapt to keep their employees and customers safe? Hmmm.
Did the governors and mayors in America ask these businesses HOW they could change their operating basis to stay open, or did they just decide to shut them down, and to hell with the outcome?
This is America–a Free Enterprise, Capitalist society–that is renowned for the innovation and adaptability of its entrepreneurs. Government bureaucrats may not be able to turn on the dime, but my experience with entrepreneurs in this country is they are creative, strong, brave, flexible, and if they had been asked, they would have answered.
If someone couldn’t satisfy their local government, well then, they would remain closed. If they could, they would have been allowed to remain open.
What I want to know, and you should too, is DID ANYONE EVEN ASK THEM TO PRESENT THEIR IDEAS? Were they even given a chance? And, if not, WHY NOT?