Riverside, CA – In recent weeks, protesters across the inland region have not been shy about expressing their dissatisfaction with the stay-at-home orders implemented to save lives in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic but which have also crippled the economy.
California has made a herculean attempt to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. And late last week, after weeks of begrudging compliance by some and despite warnings of many public health professionals about the potential danger of a second wave of COVID-19 related illnesses, both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties were given a “green light” by California Governor Gavin Newsom to move more fully into Phase 2 of the state’s 4-phased reopening strategy.
In response, heading into the Memorial Holiday weekend and with safety measures in place, people are once again coming together in their favorite places around the region–from gambling casinos (with social distancing), to restaurants (with limited seating capacity), to dry cleaners and beyond, the Inland Empire is slowly reawakening. Only time will tell whether the decision to move so aggressively to reopen these communities was the correct way forward.