Tayo Ball '21
Amid Covid-19, American society has been longing for a sense of cohesion. The “leader” of our country has done little to nothing to convince people that any positive trend regarding the control of this virus exists, and many citizens, including some people in power, are hesitant to listen to science. Restrictions have been ignored and potential solutions that have been successful in other countries have been disregarded. The last thing that this nation needs to do is reopen public spaces. This action would disservice the country by delegitimizing COVID-19, exposing the public to a realm of unsafety, and distracting the public from the social issues plaguing our country.
The primary issue is that reopening public spaces right now would delegitimize the threat of the virus. Many people would believe that the virus is no longer significantly affecting America since public spaces are inherently deemed safe. This could not be further from the truth, as several states, such as Tennessee and Montana, have reported a recent increase in Covid-19 cases. With the reopening of educational facilities, children and young adults are once again entering confined spaces. Constant supervision is impossible, and adding this condition to reopening public spaces would convince younger generations of Americans that the virus is not of concern. This would cause a skyrocket in cases, pushing America back into the same state of quarantine we experienced earlier this year and promoting a cycle of premature reopening. All this cycle does is prolong the effects of COVID-19 on America. To make sure that reopening is safe, it is important to listen to public health officials and take the precautions necessary to properly reopen spaces.
So far, the political party that leads this country has set a low standard for guiding the nation through this pandemic, and the aforementioned plans for reopening have adhered to the same standard. They have shown an inability to take the virus seriously or enforce restrictions which prompt the American people to operate proactively. If this political party remains in power, then the public is destined to meet a worse fate concerning reopening. Government officials have continuously failed to listen to public health officials and experts. They have turned safety precautions, such as wearing a mask, into topics of political debate. Clearly, the best interest and safety of the American public is not their priority.
Since the closure of public spaces and adjournment of many popular pastimes, there has been a heightened focus on the racial injustices that have plagued this country for generations. Though these injustices have been ever present, it was only after the closure of public spaces that they were brought into a light visible to the entire American population. This influenced change in a revolutionary way which will affect generations to come. However, there is still much work to be done. If public spaces reopen now, then all of the progress made regarding the combat of racial injustice will be replaced as pre-quarantine distractions return to the forefront of everyone’s attention. Until there is a concrete understanding of how America will work towards creating a better future, then it is important that public spaces remain closed.
In terms of how the reopening of public spaces could influence the Cathedral Close, a variety of possible risks could endanger the community of the three schools. For one, a sense of carelessness displayed could set the wrong example for the students. These young adults will at some point be making decisions that heavily influence this country’s future, and it is of the utmost importance that the ones in charge now are setting the right example.
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