When state and local governments decide to impose lockdown on their communities to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, decisions have to be made about which businesses to close and which must remain open. Some are no brainers but others, as it turns out, constitute a gray area.
For example, entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars need to be shut down for the duration of the emergency. One does not need to expose oneself to the contagion by being in large groups to see a movie or go out to eat.
The movie industry has been adapting by releasing first-run movies to live streaming and cable platforms. Restaurants and bars are now doing takeout and delivery. Indeed, in some states such as Texas, one can pick up a cocktail to go.
On the other hand, certain businesses must remain open because they provide essential goods and services. These include supermarkets, drug stores, healthcare clinics, and gas stations.
Even during the worst pandemic in a hundred years, people still need food, gas for their cars, and medications. Those unfortunates who come down with the severe forms of the coronavirus need to have hospitals to go to so that they may be treated.
Needless to say, in passing, most government offices have to remain open, even if a lot of the staff are required to work from home.
Then there are the businesses that constitute a judgment call for those officials who make these sorts of decisions.
The governor of Illinois, according to Hot Air, has declared gun stores to be an essential business that must remain open during the pandemic. The interesting aspect of this decision is that the governor had run on a vigorous gun control platform.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has had an attitude adjustment concerning “common-sense gun safety laws.” His decision was made in response to panic buying of guns and ammunition and efforts by some local governments to use the pandemic to trample second amendment rights.
“That’s no longer a worry, but it makes a more subtle point clear. By declaring firearms and ammunition sales an essential business, Pritzker has overruled any local efforts to shut down gun stores as a part of the epidemic response. Champaign’s mayor has no choice but to follow Pritzker’s executive order allowing those stores to stay open as essential … for purposes of safety and security.”
So far, no instances of home or business owners having to fight off looters with their assault weapons. Hot Air suggests that a few more weeks of enforced Netflix and chill are not likely to erode civil order to the extent that a lot of people are going to need firearms.
Still, as the governor’s order suggests, best to have firearms and not need them than to not have them and need them.
Then Hot Air focuses its attention on Ohio and a surprising business that has been declared, for the most part, nonessential.
“Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost made a bold decision to require abortion providers to halt performing most abortions, deeming them as elective, nonessential procedures. The order to suspend services specifically applies to nonessential surgical abortions.”
The order is not, as some people on the pro-choice side of the abortion question may claim, a clever way of never letting a crisis go to waste and stripping from women “the right to choose.”
“The decision falls within the guidelines established by the state health department’s March 17 order to cancel all nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures. To preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) in hospital and clinic settings, a strong order to limit services was determined to be necessary.”
Translated, that means if you’re a woman who has found herself with child and would just rather not carry it to term, you are out of luck. Abortions that are required to preserve the life or health of the mother will still be allowed.
Groups like Planned Parenthood beg to differ about the idea that most abortions are not essential. After all, having an unplanned baby can impact a woman’s mental health and her ability to earn a living. The option of adoption does not enter into the argument.
Still, with the coronavirus pandemic raging, the state of Ohio has to make some painful decisions.
“The governor of Ohio is aggressively working to mitigate the spread of a pandemic. Idealogical arguments over abortion were bound to enter the fray, given the influence the pro-abortion forces have in today’s politics. Understandably, the state’s leadership is trying to keep watch over the use of resources like protective gear for medical professionals that are in short supply.”