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Are businesses really prepared for our desire to shop?



We hated being quarantined, but are stores set up to accommodate us based on the new rules and regs.

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Recently saw a photo of people lining up to get into Marshalls in Clifton Park. The line stretched as far as the eye could see. This outpouring of people is the result of the pent-up frustration of being quarantined since the beginning of March.

Businesses understand that we are ready to shop as they reopen as the pandemic continues — or at least trying to. With more of us are out and about how will we know if reopening businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is a good idea?

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 58 percent of respondents said the United States could be moving too quickly to reopen, while 32 percent said it would take too long to loosen restrictions.

A Gallup poll found that 58 percent of U.S. adults are completely or mostly isolating themselves. The number declined from 75 percent between March 30 and April 5, the week before.

All these stats come on the heels of a week that saw the national case count cross 2 million. Cases have increased in 18 states over the past week, with six states reporting more than a 50% jump. This has led some government and health officials to hit pause on reopening efforts.

More than 115,000 people have died in the United States as of early Monday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

"It's going to be a wait and see," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "My feeling, looking at what's going on with the infection rate, I think it's more likely measured in months rather than weeks," he said referring to the timeline for rolling back restrictions.

As health experts continue to learn more about the virus, it's clear that a time frame for when the situation will be deemed under control is still unknown.

Look at Disney trying to schedule it opening for parks in California and Florida. Both are states that are experiencing increased number of Covid-19 cases.

According to an article on Popculture.com almost 25,000 Disney fans have signed a petition asking the company to delay its plan to reopen the Disneyland Resort parks on July 17. The Walt Disney Company announced the dates for opening both resorts.

Almost immediately after Disney's announcement, a Change.org user launched a petition to get Disney to delay the reopening. "There are more cases now than when the parks closed on March 13th, 2020. Health officials have stated that the 2nd wave of COVID-19 will be worse," the petition reads. "So, reopening before the 2nd wave even hits us is irresponsible and greedy." The petitioner wrote that "now is not the time" to reopen while people continue to get sick and die due to COVID-19. As of Friday evening, more than 24,700 people have signed it.




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