How The Pandemic’s Second Wave Could Impact The U.S. Economy And Healthcare | Forbes
Economy &# 171; opens&# 187; but many Americans fear a second wave of infections
Many American businesses are resuming operations, but not in full
After the authorities in the United States and other countries of the world began to weaken the previously imposed quarantine restrictions, many businesses resumed work, but not in full. It becomes increasingly clear that the economy will not be able to recover until the coronavirus vaccine is available.
In Connecticut, where restaurant terraces opened on Wednesday, restaurant owners are required to plan work so that employees do not bump into each other. In addition, wandering shifts and breaks should be established in their work in order to minimize contact between personnel. Owners are also required to provide special markings for customers to comply with social distancing rules..
Max Fish Restaurant in Glastonbury, Connecticut opened for 16-table outdoor dining. According to the CEO of the restaurant Brian Costa, at the beginning of the day, the restaurant was about half full, and all available tables were reserved for dinner..
At Crab Shell, located on the waterfront in Stamford, co-owner James Clifford uses a 2-meter yardstick to check the distance between chairs..
The owners of Colonial Tavern in Fredericksburg, Virginia, who recently opened a summer terrace, have taken additional steps to reassure customers by taking temperature measurements at the start of each shift and publishing the results for customers to review..
Some of the new restaurant opening rules fully replicate guidelines previously issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are intended for childcare facilities, schools, day camps, public transport, restaurants, bars and other businesses and organizations..
For example, the CDC proposes that every other row of seats on public transport should be closed and the number of passengers on a bus or subway car limited..
Many Americans remain cautious amid the gradual opening of the economy, according to a new poll commissioned by the Associated Press by the Public Relations Research Center (NORC). Survey results show that 83% of US residents are, at least to some extent, worried that the lifting of restrictions could lead to a new wave of infections in their region..
The poll also highlighted a growing cross-party divide on this issue, with Democrats becoming more cautious and Republicans less cautious as President Donald Trump urges state governments to “open up our country.” Only about a third of Republicans say they are significantly worried about the new wave of infections, while three-quarters of Democrats are worried about this..
Considering that it is still far from the victory over the virus, the opening of the economy can take place according to the principle of “two steps forward – one step back.” For example, the auto concern Ford this week temporarily suspended production at assembly plants in Chicago and Michigan after three employees became infected with the coronavirus. All work at both enterprises was stopped to disinfect the premises and isolate people in contact with infected colleagues.
Detroit’s big three auto plants – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – were reopened Monday after two months of downtime. Earlier, we recall that some of their conveyors were transferred to the production of artificial lung ventilation devices.
The education sector has also faced radical changes. For example, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana will return students to the campus, but significant changes have been made to the schedule: the semester will begin in August and end before Thanksgiving..