To the Editor:
Businesses in The Woodstock Square have adapted admirably to the conditions set in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve invited customers to order online and the provided sanitary curb/window-side delivery of meals.
Napoli’s created a drive-through parking lot with staff bringing pizzas and meals out to the cars. Ethereal confections provided access to an app so that customers can order ahead of time and pick up their food and drinks when ready.
In spite of these efforts, business is clearly not what it used to be, nor could anyone reasonably expect that it to match pre-virus levels. Businesses on The Square have had to layoff workers. They’ve had to cut hours. Of course, the problem isn’t isolated to those businesses on The Square; the problem extends out in every direction as far as someone can walk without getting their feet wet in salty water.
The government has provided some assistance. But it’s not enough. And it can’t go on forever. The solution is to open up for business again. Unfortunately, we have a governor in this state – JB Pritzker – who seems to relish the power that comes with determining which businesses are essential – which individuals are essential.
The reaction to the pandemic will probably go down in history as one of the biggest mistakes of all time.
Yes, the virus is real. Yes, people have died, and more will die. But we have come nowhere near the projected numbers of deaths. And the number of deaths experienced by those isolating in their homes has proven the folly of the societal/economic shutdown.
What’s done is done. What we do from hear on out is what matters. If Gov. Pritzker won’t do the right thing and open the economy again, Woodstock and McHenry County should join other parts of the state that are standing up to the governor’s abuse of authority.