One restaurant took an illegal break from Colorado’s Safer at Home orders. C & C Coffe and Kitchen in Castle Rock, CO defiantly reopened its doors for Mother’s Day. At first glance, the results might seem promising for the U.S. economy.
According to footage from Colorado Community Media reporter Nick Puckett, the restaurant was jam-packed.
Children, older folks, and mothers of all kinds appeared to be crowding the inside of the restaurant.
People are ready to get back out into the world and spend their money on non-essentials like pancakes.
But the blatant lack of precautions from the diners suggests that a second wave of COVID-19 infections is likely on the horizon. And that’s terrible news for the U.S. economy.
According to Puckett’s tweet, the restaurant owner said the turnout was “almost double a normal Mother’s Day.”
Lines weaved throughout the restaurant, where they continued outside, with no regard for social distancing. The footage actually looked suspicious, like it could’ve been shot in 2019.
Then the camera found the one person wearing a facemask.
That’s a harrowing sign for a country still in the thick of a deadly pandemic. If people across the country are this careless with their viral hygiene, then America is ripe for another massive outbreak.
This footage must be tantalizing for people like Donald Trump and his allies, who’ve put the U.S. economy over safety since the beginning of the pandemic.
But despite states starting to reopen, experts don’t think we’re close to being out of the woods yet.
We must be prepared for at least another 18 to 24 months of significant Covid-19 activity, with hot spots popping up periodically in diverse geographic areas.
One of the authors, Dr. Kissler, explains:
Once we lift the social distancing measures, the virus will quite possibly spread again as easily as it did before the lockdowns.
That means that the U.S. economy could essentially power up and power down repeatedly until we find a vaccine or gain herd immunity. Will the stimulus checks keep pouring if the lockdowns become scattered throughout time, across different regions of the country?
How many more massive shocks can the stock market absorb before it loses its unfounded optimism?
The restaurant video would be much more promising if the patrons exercised a smidge of safety precautions. Instead, we get this woman, who seems to be proud of herself.
Taking precautions, like wearing a face mask, appear to be more effective than we previously thought. Countries that practiced proper safety measures appear to have truly bent the curve.
But when people can’t be bothered to take simple steps to ease the spread of infection, America will continue to lead the fight against safety. And that’s terrible news for the U.S. economy.