Here on the island we have now been two full weeks with no new cases. There are not many active cases remaining. The weather is improving slowly, and the authorities are slowly relaxing the restrictions - very slowly. A travel ban is in place, anyone travelling here must apply for an exemption. This is being challenged in court, but since they already approved about 1200 exemptions, I don't see the point. Seems like the ban is mainly just allowing them to keep tabs on who comes and goes. That way if or when there's an outbreak, they should have no trouble to trace it.
I agree with @rxkeith
that it's important to keep an open mind and consider alternative POV. I pretty much have given our authorities the benefit of the doubt, and gladly follow their directions as to what we should or must do.
In the meantime looking around at other countries where things have been done differently, we can't help wondering if there was an alternative to the lockdown that would have less impact on the economy. I think for some the answer may be yes, but there is a big gamble in that when you look at places that got into a runaway situation - Italy, Spain, New York, Brazil. I would not want to live in that situation nor face the horror of so much sickness and death, so I'm glad we didn't gamble on that. But thinking about Sweden as the one I know of, where there was no lockdown and measures were voluntary, but they still didn't have the severe outbreak situation as others. I read that keeping things open did not stop the economy from suffering though, but I don't know any details on that and maybe the story is not all told yet. Also they did have bad outbreaks in seniors homes, and their death rate is about 4X that of Germany. So that is a price which I'm glad we didn't have to pay.
I know for sure the economic impact if you have an uncontrolled epidemic is very bad. Plus you have the horror of so many deaths and so much illness. With the lockdown we also are looking at a hard economic hit, but at least we kept the deaths to a minimum. Even better in places where seniors/long term care homes were actually protected (still horrified about these outbreaks). But it's fair to question, could we have kept some business open and still accomplished the goal of minimal death. I don't think any of our leaders had a clear plan for how we were to handle the pandemic and the economy when it all went down. Uncharted waters.
One thing that's been really bugging me, I am not seeing all the necessary moves to build a 'pandemic-friendly' economy by supporting the shift to online shopping instead of in-store. Canada Post is just AWOL.
Yes I accepted the crazy delays in the first month since we had an outbreak at the post here. But here we are more than 2 months in and they are not doing their job. Paying for expedited you expect some effort to be close to the delivery guarantee. NO WAY. I had seed potatoes shipped to me April 30, with expected delivery May 13. No sign of it. They updated their tracking page to ask people not to call, because they have no further information than what is on the page. Evidently they're overwhelmed with calls.
So my question is, why aren't they expanding as they obviously need to, and fill the shoes that are needed for an economy that relies more on shipping than on shopping?
Shipping is/should be a huge opportunity in the pandemic economy. This won't be over in another month. Why isn't this fixed already, and some who lost their jobs could be working in shipping, while those who lost their shops or can't make enough at reduced volume, would be reducing their overhead by going to online market instead?