Many American businesses are resuming operations, but not in full.
After the authorities in the United States and other countries began to relax the previously imposed quarantine restrictions, many businesses resumed work, but not in full. It is becoming increasingly clear that the economy will not recover until a coronavirus vaccine is available.
In Connecticut, where restaurant terraces opened on Wednesday, restaurant owners are required to plan their work so that employees don’t bump into each other. Also, they should have erratic shifts and breaks in their work to minimize contact between staff. Owners are also required to set individual marks for customers to comply with the rules of social distancing.
Max Fish restaurant in Glastonbury, Connecticut, opened for lunch with 16 tables on the outdoor terrace. According to the restaurant’s General Manager, Brian Costa, the restaurant was about half full at the beginning of the day, and all available tables were booked for dinner.
At the Crab Shell restaurant, located on the waterfront in Stamford, co-owner James Clifford uses a two-meter gauge to check the distance between chairs.
The owners of the Colonial Tavern restaurant in Fredericksburg, Virginia, who recently opened a summer terrace, took additional steps to calm customers: the restaurant makes the temperature of employees at the beginning of each shift. It publishes the results so that customers can see them.
Some of the new restaurant opening rules follow the recommendations previously issued by the Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC). They are intended for children’s institutions, schools, day camps, public transport, restaurants, bars, and other businesses and organizations.
For example, the CDC suggests that every second row of seats should be closed on public transport and that the number of passengers on a bus or subway car should be limited.
According to a new survey commissioned by the associated Press Center for public relations research (NORC), many Americans remain cautious amid the gradual opening of the economy. The survey results show that 83% of US residents are at least somewhat concerned that the removal of restrictions could lead to a new wave of infections in their region.
The poll also revealed a growing bipartisan divide on the issue: Democrats have become more and Republicans less cautious, as President Donald Trump calls on state authorities to”open up our country.” Only about a third of Republicans say they are significantly concerned about the new wave of infections, while three-quarters of Democrats are worried about this issue.
Given that the virus is still far from being defeated, the opening of the economy can take place on the principle of “two steps forward – one step back.” So, the carmaker 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 plants was stopped to disinfect the premises and isolate people who came into contact with infected colleagues.
Detroit’s “big three” auto plants – Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors – resumed operations on Monday after a two-month shutdown. Earlier, we will remind, part of their conveyors was transferred to the production of artificial lung ventilation devices.
The education sector has also faced radical changes. So, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana will return students to the campus, but the schedule has been significantly changed: the semester begins in August and ends before thanksgiving.