My position is that I do not believe that the Governor should continue to possess the emergency powers that have given him the ability to make unilateral, statewide decisions specifically regarding businesses and masks. Now that we have additional information regarding risk for certain demographics, I do not think it is appropriate to require the whole state to relinquish their ability to operate their businesses at the capacity that they see fit.
I believe each individual needs to assess their level of risk and determine what safety precautions they need to take given that risk. Businesses should also be allowed to determine whether they want to require masks.
I would push to focus resources on protecting the highest risk individuals such as nursing home residents and others with pre-existing conditions that heighten their risk of severe symptoms. Those that are in a high risk pool should certainly consider staying sheltered-in-place until vaccination or more effective therapeutic treatment is developed.
We were told from the beginning that the purpose of the lockdowns and extreme measures was to bend the curve and slow the spread. This was necessary in order to avoid overwhelming our hospitals. In Minnesota we have succeeded in that goal and it is time to allow people to make their own choices and to lift the mandatory restrictions on individuals, business, and religious institutions.
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