I live in S.D. I hadn’t heard of that place before it happened, but it sounds like a cluster f*ck. I believe they said they would be shutting down, but spouses of employees who know relatives of mine said they are not and will not shut down, rather just cleaning sections of the place at a time…because that’ll work out well until an infected person comes back to the area and sneezes or something.
The town it’s in is called Sioux Falls. It’s our biggest city - probably just 185k people or so. The mayor has been begging our governor for a shut down; she has so far refused saying she doesn’t want to limit freedoms and that people will make the right decisions. I get where she’s coming from but I think it’s ridiculous to expect people to “make the right decisions” haha…when do most people ever do that? I don’t think we can count on it.
My dad’s a mason. He was kinda laid off, but not officially. His boss got them a job out of town, so he and his coworkers all have to travel now, about 2 hours from where we live. None of them want to, since coincidentally many of them have wives with major health concerns, but if they refuse to go they won’t be paid and since they technically have work available, they won’t get unemployment.
Anyway, they’re working on a hospital in a small town, and a company from Sioux Falls is there. None of the S.F. guys want to be there, but they need to work and since our gov. won’t say no traveling, their bosses are making them travel and work. This is the issue - when you say “people will make the right decisions,” some of them literally can’t. Many of these guys want to stay home, but they have to go to work because no one’s forcing their employers to give them some time off.
Was told today that two guys, one from S.F. and one from my dad’s company were sent home due to coughs and fevers…they’ve all been rooming together in motels, and half of them are coming from one of the country’s biggest hotspots for the virus…should turn out well. My parents are separated but my dad usually comes by on the weekends to see my little siblings. Probably won’t be seeing him for a while now, just to be safe.