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Shelter in Place - Essential Services

Original post made by Call Me Crazy, another community, on Mar 18, 2020

The spirit of this shelter in place order is we should socially distance from each other and stay at home. Yet, the order itself defines essential services so broadly that people can justify going out for just about anything.

Starbucks is open for take out.
How greedy is Starbucks staying open in the face of a public health emergency? Is it really necessary to fleece anyone for a $5 coffee when unemployment is about ready to go to 20%? Can coffee really be an essential service, especially when it is really easy to make it yourself .. or empty a sleeve of instant Starbucks in hot water?

Residential construction is apparently allowed.
With other businesses and schools doing the right thing and closing, why are the greedy developers placing their laborers in the no-win decision of continuing to be exposed ... and spreading the virus to their families? How many of millions of dollars need they make in the face of a crisis? They ought to excuse the laborers and continue to pay them from their banked profits from the past decades.

Home cleaning services
I know vacuuming and cleaning out the toilets can be gross. But, in these times it seems reasonable to take one for the team. Are you really going to demand your household staff continue to work? The right thing to do is give them a couple of weeks off and continue to pay them. You'll survive cleaning the place yourself.

Comments (3)

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 18, 2020 at 8:50 am

You know who thinks those businesses are essential? The employees who desperately need their paychecks to pay their rent, buy food and support their families.

Think how long you and your family would last if your only source of income shut down for a few weeks?

I think the creative accommodations these employers are making - no table service and encouraging "to go" orders is both remarkable and commendable. If these businesses don't survive, we're all going to see an entirely new economy and downtown that we probably won't like. Let's do our best to make sure they survive.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Depends on who is interpreting whether or not residential construction is allowed. Per the Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputy I spoke to yesterday the only new construction that was considered essential in that county is low income housing and homeless housing. Period. Of course, that hasn't stopped many companies from working anyway, but I suspect as the week goes on they will get shut down.

Not to mention working under this order is stupid liability-wise. If someone working on one of your job sites gets sick with covid and dies their survivors are likely to sue you. The company I work for is not willing to go through that, so our sites are closed.

Posted by Idiot
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on May 26, 2020 at 2:25 pm

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