Reopening America

Reopening America

For what seems like forever now, Americans have been self-quarantining in our homes with a stay at home orders in effect all over the nation. States closed all “non-essential” businesses and also closed schools for the rest of the school year. These closings are in response to the CDC recommendation that social distancing and self quarantining is going to be what saves us from COVID-19.

 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced on April 24th that all NC K-12 public school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Schools had been closed since March 13th, however, that was scheduled to only last for around two weeks. At the time of writing this article, Governor Cooper is set to extend the stay at home order two extra weeks beyond this  Friday, May 8th. However, after this Friday, shops will be allowed to reopen, but only allow 50% of normal capacity. Gyms, salons, barbershops, movie theaters, and other sites for mass gatherings will remain closed. This is “Phase 1” of Governor Cooper’s plan to reopen North Carolina.

 

States across the nation have reopened some previously closed businesses, after days of protests. States like Georgia, have reopened restaurant dining, barbershops, salons, and even theaters. All of which are trying to adhere to social distancing and the use of face masks and gloves. North Carolina, Arizona, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are all reopening soon, while other states, such as Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, etc. are already reopened as much as they can at the current moment. States like California, New York, Louisiana, and Washington are all shut down and/or restricted.

 

Nobody can be sure when everything will go back to normal if it can go back to completely normal at all. We still have unanswered questions and confusion surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the virus itself. Governor Cooper has said that in North Carolina, we have “flattened the curve”, meaning we’ve stopped the spread and recovery is going up. Now it’s up to states across the U.S. to flatten the curve too. And then, maybe we’ll see some normalcy return to our lives.