Governor Greg Abbott's 25% Solution To Covid 19
While there are fifty different theories as to re-opening the powerful engine that is the American economy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has devised a unique and possibly the best solution of all. Gov. Abbott announced Monday (yesterday) that his statewide stay at home order on corona virus will expire on Thursday as scheduled, while Texas malls, stores, movie theaters and restaurants may open the next day with 25% occupancy, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News today.
The question many may find themselves asking is how did Gov. Abbott arrive at 25%? 25%? Why not 20% or 60%?
Gov. Abbott revealed the basis for his number. HEB and other grocery stores who have already been allowed to be open as necessity businesses, were able to do be open at 25% capacity without spreading the invisible enemy.
Why fix the wheel if it ain't broken? as the old saying goes. Abbott's actions make sense. If history says something works, why not use it in the present?
Fifty Governors And Fifty Plus Plans
With fifty governors ruling their own domains, there are going to be at least 50 and probably more different theories. When one adds in all the medical experts and other governmental authorities there are an infinite number of theories floating around in the cyber world.
Second Wave Of Spanish Flu More Deadly?
USA Today quoted a Facebook post as claiming the second wave of the Spanish Flu killed 20 to 50 million people compared to the first wave killing three to five million. A celebration parade in San Francisco after the first wave is referred to as the ignition point for the second wave.
USA Today didn't receive a response after reaching out to the Facebook poster so there is no verification as to the precise numbers. What is incontrovertible, is that there was a second wave and the people standing close together in the celebratory parade helped spread it.
Gov. Abbott's Intelligent Compromise
While restaurant owners would probably prefer to see their businesses packed to 100% capacity this Friday, the one-fourth limit would seem to a logical way to prevent an increase in the number of corona virus casualties. Gov. Abbott mentioned he is open to flexibility. If the 25% order works, he is willing to increase it later to 50% and eventually to full capacity.
Some people may believe it is too soon to re-open restaurants and retailers. In response to that argument, the governor responds he has conferred with his four top Texas medical advisers and they have approved the plan.
When May Texas Barber Shops Open?
In Gov. Abbott's carefully thought out plan, barber shops, hair salons, gyms, massage establishments, tattoo parlors, video arcades and bowling alleys must wait until mid-May at the earliest to reopen. This makes sense because there is much more intimate contact between people in these businesses, and hence greater chance of communal spread of the virus. For example, in massage parlors, there is direct contact between one person's hands and another's body.
What About Golf And Tennis?
Gov. Abbott further said outdoor sports such as golf and tennis may resume with no more than four participants in a match, and they must follow social distancing guidelines. One man said he'd still be reluctant to play golf since all four players would eventually arrive at the hole to retrieve their golf balls. Of course, the executive order doesn't require anyone to do anything they don't want to do.
Gov. Abbott's 50% Rule
The governor further said businesses will be free not to open. In smaller counties with five or fewer confirmed cases, they will be able to open at 50% capacity, he said.
Less Restrictions Are Reward
Gov. Abbott further said loosening of restrictions beginning May 1 is the reward for impressive compliance by Texans with his requests for social distancing and social isolation. He also said, "The price has been steep," as many Texans lost their jobs and can't pay their bills.
Nursing Home Restrictions Remain Tight
As he continues to emphasize social distancing and relying on doctors for advice, Abbott said he'll keep tight protections of "the most vulnerable" such as nursing-home residents. He will allow others more discretion.
He lifted restrictions on doctors, dentists and other health care professionals, saying they need to be at work. So people who need to get cavities filled, may now leave home and get their fillings done.
Free Enterprise Texas
Gov. Abbott said business-friendly Texas must take the wraps off free enterprise. he said, "It's entrepreneurs who drive the Texas economy. They need to be unleashed."
He ended his press conference speech with the words, "We are Texans. We got this."
Abbott At Work
Governor Greg Abbott Re-Opens Lone Star State
Governor Abbott Near Wichita Falls, Texas
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 26, 2020:
It was a tough call but we are all facing the second wave right now. Our California governor has reinstated the lockdown while other governors have left people to their own devices. And there are protests everywhere. No governor is popular in his decision or indecision right now. I personally think as an individual I would rather stay home till I see a definite "all clear" for my husband's sake, who is at risk because of his lowered immunity. Stay safe.
Edward Lane (author) from Wichita Falls, Texas on April 29, 2020:
Thank you, M. Singh. It is a worldwide crisis. I think it’s a really tough situation no one was expecting. Stay safe.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 28, 2020:
Very interesting. I hope the Gov succeeds but it's a flip and anything can happen.