I can understand allowing big box stores to stay open. First, we all need provisions, and since they have everything you need in one store this can minimize store visits and contact. Next, big box stores like Loblaws, Walmart and Home Depot are usually 100,000sq with 20+ foot ceilings and wide aisled. By design they are well ventilated an have a huge air volume -- 4000cubic feet of air per person and plenty of space for distancing, and entrance/exits that facilitate one way spaced traffic. They are limited to somewhere around 450 shoppers in a 100,000sq space. Compare that to a deli or bakery that has a 1000sq' retail area -- to provide the same volume of air per person, you could fit 2 staff members and 1/2 a shopper.I believe they can operate at 50% capacity or something something.
either lock the damn thing down, or don’t.
Can’t have it both ways. But find a way to support those you keep from working to survive during the time. Not everyone is able to save a few months emergency funds....by choice or circumstance.
I feel for small businesses, they are going to take a heavy hit. I don't see this as a matter of fairness -- life isn't always fair -- it's a matter of public health.