• Tatum Bardash

Dangers of reopening businesses: How soon is too soon

Beginning March 23 at 11:59 P.M., the state of Ohio issued a state-at-home order for all residents because of the nationwide coronavirus outbreak. Many businesses have struggled because of this order and the strict guidelines they must follow if they are even able to stay open.

After a month of following these guidelines and keeping nonessential businesses closed, there has been a plan laid out to help these businesses reopen. Beginning May 1, a new set of phases are going to be followed to ensure that the virus isn’t a threat to more Ohioans.

However, rushing to open up businesses may not be the smartest plan to combatting such a contagous virus. Sure, the economy needs to improve and opening businesses will help this, but ensuring that this is a safe decision by considering professional opinons is also an important component.

According to CNBC, “Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban on Wednesday [March 25] warned companies against sending employees back to work too soon during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘Not only is it a safety issue, it’s a business issue.’”

The way each individual company handles the precautions and the way they treat their employees during this pandemic could cost them their loyalty from customers. Cuban believes that the U.S. should, “error on the side of caution” so that all businesses are eventually able to open and resume working as they were before the outbreak.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned Americans against returning too quickly to life as it was before the pandemic. ‘It’s going to backfire,’ Fauci said in an interview on ‘Good Morning America.’ ‘That’s the problem.’”

Overall, considering the potential medical issues that reopening business could have on the public is crutial in this time of uncertainty. Without taking careful measures, the impact that the virus has on the U.S. could become even more devestating.

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