Our political leaders are arguing about when to open up the economy. Public opinion seems divided on this critical life-or-death situation. There are those who want to keep companies closed for a long, almost indefinite period of time, to ensure the health-safety of the population. Others feel that the financial toll that will be taken is too much for people to bear.
While this vital decision is being deliberated, there is scant discussion about what things will look like once we reopen. Here’s a view into what’s likely to happen during the early stages of the reopening.
When it’s finally decided that non-essential businesses may start up again, there will be initial trepidation. While we were highly anticipating our emancipation from home confinement, many people will still be worried about contracting the virus. They’ll think that they’ve already stayed isolated for a month or so, what’s the difference if they wait a little longer? Many folks will take a wait-and-see approach. They’ll watch what happens to those intrepid souls who bravely venture forth into the new post-COVID-19 world. If reports come back that the coronavirus did not spread further, then people will dip their toes into the water and reenter society at a slow pace.