Currently the world seems to be in a bit of a stalemate. On the one hand the crisis has not been as bad as many feared, on the other hand maybe the worst is still to come?
Where can we go from here?
What is feared is that just as society and the economy are reopened more people will become sick or die because of the virus. That is a big possibility if everything is reopened all at once. Why don't we reopen everything in stages. For example next week all businesses are open on Friday, the following week Thursday and Friday. Each week we can add an additional day until in 7 weeks everything is reopened.
Social distancing would have to be maintained, which means that opening and closing times might need to be staggered. For example businesses starting with the letters A-H opening between 7:30-8:30, I-Q 9:00-10:00 and those starting with the letters R-Z opening from 10:30-11:30. Closing times would also need to be staggered if social distancing rules are to be maintained. A-H 3:30-4:30, I-Q 5:00-6:00 and R-Z 6:30-7:30.
That way social distancing could still be used and not disable the public transport system.
It would also allow everyone to adjust back to normal gradually. Managers, workers, customers, suppliers, everyone is going to need time to get back to normal.
So what happens if the virus gets worse instead of better?
Then we would have two choices:
1: Close everything down again
or my preferred choice
2. Reverse the timeline and close down a day a week until we had things back under control. Then gradually reopen again.
This plan would allow things to return to normal and if they were announced people and businesses would gain some certainty. Something that is desperately needed!
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