Coronavirus vs economy: Alabama dances with the devil

This is an opinion cartoon.

I can’t speak for the whole state, but Lower Alabama has turned into Sodom and Gomorrah, y’all.

I went into a local restaurant to pick up a takeout order the other day, and I was shocked. This place that had six-foot spacing the week before was jam-packed. Quarantine-fattened bodies were draped over the bar like a line of sand bags, swigging back shots of Jagermeister. Sweaty, tattooed bodies darted this way and that with butterfly bowling ball abandon; sadly, with no social distancing. Including the staff, I was the only one in this haven of hedonism wearing a face mask and rubber gloves. And yet, these people were staring at me? The gloves and mask were all I was wearing, but still ...

Since the reopening, coronavirus numbers have spiked. The most recent numbers reflect the young uns’ Memorial Day beach parties. How will the post-protest numbers add up? The headlines have shifted to the George Floyd protests, but the COVID war ain’t over.

We all want the economy to boom. We want our local Alabama businesses to be rejuvenated, to thrive. The reopening only works when people take safety precautions seriously. Respect business owners, respect yourselves and your neighbors. Face masks and social distancing are still in order.

If you really want to support business, act like you have a lick of sense. Otherwise, we’re looking at another shelter-in-place order. Or maybe it’s just GAME ON until we all burn out.

Too many people are acting like everything is back to normal. I wish it was.

Love and virtual hugs to all.

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