Several states are planning rallies and protests aimed at getting governors to reverse stay-at-home orders and allow residents to go back to work while the coronavirus outbreak continues. The planned actions in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Oregon follow events this week in Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. In short, it’s an Amerian uprising – and the authorities are starting to panic.
Proponents of re-opening economies in these states point to the 22 million people that have filed for unemployment in just four weeks–more than 30 times more people out of work than confirmed U.S. cases of the virus.
“Government mandating sick people to stay home is called quarantine. However, the government mandating healthy citizens to stay home, forcing businesses and churches to close is called tyranny,” said a statement by Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine about a planned Monday rally at the capital. “Business owners are being forced to layoff employees while the unemployment system is failing those laid off as the economy free falls.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has closed all but what he deemed “life-sustaining” businesses, and the state has had some of the highest unemployment numbers in the U.S. as a result. In addition, Wolf is set to veto a bill passed by the legislature to allow non-essential businesses to re-open if they follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and limiting groups.
Michigan rally a precursor
The largest protest so far has been in Michigan, where thousands of people showed up to the capital in Lansing in their cars to tell Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer that they’ve had enough of shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.
A Virginia rally took place on Thursday that may also have had thousands of people attend. In other states like Kentucky and North Carolina, the numbers were far lower, but the message is the same.
These states are pushing for business re-openings to be allowed, with the vulnerable being allowed to stay home.
“This is a recipe for disaster with many in our society helpless,” Re-open Virginia said in a statement. “We cannot stand by and watch our neighbors suffer while the government considers prolonging these painful conditions. The economy should be reopened on 5/1 for healthy citizens continuing enhanced sanitation habits to prevent any virus from spreading. Those with compromised immune systems should not have to re-enter the economy or workforce if they do not feel comfortable.”
Curve flattened, but shutdowns continue
With a number of experts saying that the curve of coronavirus infections has been sufficiently flattened, many business owners are eager to get back to work and stop the bleeding that has gone on while all but essential workers have stayed home over the last month.
Denny Bradley, 33, told The Detroit News that he was the sole breadwinner for his family and that his employer, an auto supplier, had been shut down for three weeks. He carried a sign that read “I want to work.”
The National Bureau of Economic Research and the medical journal Lancet have said that if unemployment hits 32% as a Federal Reserve economist predicts, overdose deaths and suicides will surpass the expected deaths from coronavirus.
Expected deaths in the U.S. from coronavirus have dropped to 60,000 in the latest model, while overdose deaths and suicides are projected to be 77,000, Real Clear Politics reported.