I don’t understand how officials of all ranks issue their orders without even thinking about the consequences—both for the economy in general and for each person.
I can’t imagine the impact on the entertainment/catering/restaurant business. All so sudden and so abrupt. I talked to Vlad yesterday; he said he would be fine, but he worries about other employees in the bar, people who are paid hourly wages, and who now will get no paid time off, and no tips. That is such a significant portion of the country’s population! They have no safety net, no savings. When I was talking to Vlad, just twenty hours ago, he was saying that the closing will only apply to bars and restaurants, that the fast-food cafes will stay open – not anymore!
I do not understand how people are expected to manage: schools are closed, daycare facilities closed, and you should not ask grandparents to babysit, and you are still supposed to work. And some are not even allowed to work from home.
Last week I was saying that the world is canceled. But I was optimistic – this week, it is even more so now. I could not even imagine how many things could be canceled. Most of my volunteering is canceled, including the youth shelter; they do not reply to my emails, although they sent a generic email about preventive measures. I do not want to think that I was the only person who answered that I could come. The Forest preserve volunteering was canceled last weekend, which made me mad – ten people outside – really? The weather was bad anyway, but I was still upset with the fact itself. The only volunteering which is keeping the schedule is Clinic escorts. I went to escort on Saturday. It was a bad idea because it was cold, and I do not tolerate the cold when I need to stand in one place. But I felt I needed to do at least something good.
Back to my worries.
The first category of people I worry about is hourly/tipped workers. The second one is the freelancers. Igor has the stuff to cover so far, but he told me that the freelance artists who mainly work at the art fairs and other public events are desperate.
Then come homeless. I am thinking about their situation, and I have no idea what will be happening. Tonight, I will email some people who supposedly know, but thinking about the shelters, about the Night Bus… there are dozen of people at once, so what we are going to do with “not more than ten people?” And now, that nobody is coming to work in Downtown, how will be giving money to the people on the streets? How will they survive?
And what about illegal immigrants? When there are millions in the country, who will be testing them for corona? Will they be willing to come out and be tested, after all the recent threats? Can they skip their factories jobs if they are sick?!
I have a feeling that the president is not aware that these categories of people even exist! And I am mad that there is no protection for the most vulnerable ones. Do not even start talking to me about the individual responsibilities – there have to be a universal healthcare system.