HEALTH RISK VS REWARD – THE DRIVE TO REVIVE THE ECONOMY – LEVEL 3

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With various sectors of the economy opening gradually as restrictions on business operations are eased during the level 3 of lockdown, there are many small businesses which are forced to remain closed due to the health risk imposed, despite the devastating effect and irreparable harm this may have. Not only are businesses finding themselves in the unfortunate position of having to close their doors for good, but there are many out there that have been left with no option but to downsize, resulting in the loss of many jobs.

ARE THE HEALTH RISKS THAT MUCH OF A THREAT?

At this stage of the lockdown, many people are questioning whether some of the restrictions which remain in place actually make any sense, particularly given the risk associated with some business activities in comparison to others. One example is that of the lifting of the restrictions on domestic air travel versus the continued ban on the beauty industry. The unfortunate reality is that the continued ban on the beauty industry has created a life and death situation, with many people having to conduct business illegally to put food on their tables. Any income that they may have received from the sale of hair and beauty-related products during level 4 has not been sufficient to keep businesses afloat.

UNREASONABLE LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS

There are those that argue that allowing the beauty industry to resume their operations would not only aid in reviving the economy but that there would be limited health risks when doing so, particularly given the fact that one-on-one treatments are easily facilitated and that the beauty industry is in most cases a very sterile environment due to the very nature of their work. Despite this, they remain (as many people believe) unreasonably restricted. This decision to double down on the beauty industry restrictions has been frustrating for many at the least, especially given the fact that domestic air travel is now permitted for business purposes which clearly poses a higher risk not only to those that travel but also to those associated with such persons.

NO UNIFORMITY ON HEALTH AND RISK COMPLIANCE

It is concerning for many people that there is no uniformity on health and risk compliance with air travel and the fact that the level of readiness differs all over the country. Whilst it is common knowledge that the familiarisation with the safety procedures will take time, at what cost are these decisions being made, and who actually benefits? The level of risk posed to the public must be weighed against the detrimental effect on people’s livelihoods. 

Author – Jessica Gooding

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