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Are you ready to go out again?

Johnson City Press • May 18, 2020 at 6:00 AM

After two months of strongly recommended social isolation to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Bill Lee has lifted stay-at-home orders and is loosening recommendations on businesses.

Shops and restaurants are opening back up for customers, and entertainment venues aren’t far behind.

Some people have been itching to get out and about, but it seems others aren’t quite so sure.

In a statewide poll published last week by East Tennessee State University researchers, 53% of those asked said they would wait to see what happens during the state’s gradual removal of precautions before returning to their normal activities. 27% said they would limit activities indefinitely and 17% said they would immediately return to normal.

For those waiting, some said they were waiting until new cases of the virus declined significantly, some said they were waiting for no new cases to be reported for a period of time and others said they were waiting for a vaccine to be developed.

The virus is still present in our community. There are active cases of the illness and some new cases are being reported. Some of those who had it are recovering.

In an ongoing public health crisis, we wanted to know your thoughts and concerns.

Are you ready to go out for non-essential activities, like eating in restaurants, going to the movies and attending social events?

If yes, what factors did you consider to make the determination you would be safe? What precautions will you take to protect yourself and others from potentially catching or spreading the virus?

If no, what conditions are you waiting for to be met? When do you believe they will be met?

Send your answers to [email protected]. Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification. Letters may be no longer than 300 words and will be edited for grammar, style and length.

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