Millions of U.S. citizens are held up in their homes, trying their utmost to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The impact is visible in every city and small town: empty bars, restaurants, and shopping malls. Aside from the occasional walk or trip to the grocery store, most who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home are doing so. Delivery drivers, truckers, and garbage workers find themselves in a position of critical importance in combating the most significant public health crisis in living memory.
At this point, we have no idea how long people will be asked to observe social distancing or what other measures may be necessary to save lives and prevent the country’s healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed.
Federal and state authorities are scrapping rules and regulations that impede social distancing or limit the healthcare sector’s ability to respond to the crisis effectively.
Doctors may now practice across state lines. Texas ditched state laws that prohibit trucks from the alcohol industry from delivering supplies to grocery stores. The Transportation Security Administration is allowing hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces. New York is allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol to-go, and Alabama is allowing booze sales curbside at licensed businesses. In the same vein, Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order allowing bars and restaurants to offer drinks for carryout or delivery.
Guy Bentley – Washington Examiner – March 23, 2020.