Opening Up America: Come On In, COVID!

The people are restless. They need to get to the bars, shop, eat at restaurants. It’s time for money to flow!

The people are bored.

Like the tiger, the lion, and the monkeys, people are pacing back and forth, watching for the green light to escape their homes and their families. It’s time to get out and spend money! It’s time to energize the economy!


I believe (and this is just a guess) that some Americans think COVID is some type of weather system. You know, like a tornado, a snowstorm, or a hurricane. People think, probably, “since this virus has not affected my family or me, then I’m safe. It’s over! Open up America! I’m fine!”

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I understand that the economy is vital for the country to thrive. I miss going to Ross and shop; I miss seeing people at my church, and, yes, I miss sitting down at a restaurant with my family members. But, this virus is not a weather system. Here in Arizona, we see beautiful blue skies, 90+ degrees, and school is almost over.

Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, will lift the stay at home order tomorrow (May 15). He has granted hair salons and barbershops to open; swimming pool facilities will open, and at this moment, Arizona has reported 12, 176 cases identified, and 594 deaths. However, according to, “The number of confirmed cases reported each day has risen steadily over the past week as more testing has taken place.” I will rephrase it in my own words, Coronavirus cases have increased.

I have masks.

I have gloves.

I have antibacterial soap.

I have sanitizer.

I have diabetes.

I have asthma.

I have worked in my backyard to enjoy the Arizona cool mornings and beautiful evenings.

I have communication devices to call, text, Zoom, Hangout, and Message friends and family.

I would love to go on vacation to the beaches in California. I had planned the Class of 2020’s Senior Trip to Disneyland, and later I was going on a tour to Switzerland and Italy. But, all of that has changed. It is disappointing, but I am not going to carry a rifle to Disneyland or to EF Tours and demand that they open because they are infringing on my rights. They are not infringing on my rights – they are providing me a chance to stay healthy and safe so that I can visit those places in the future.

With all of that said, I am going to remain at home while America opens. I am going to fight COVID-19, and listen to the doctors and scientists (not the politicians), who are cautioning us. This virus has morphed into an ugly sickness, and it’s attacking our children.

So as people gather in bars, on beaches, and in restaurants, I will cook here at home or order curbside service from my favorite restaurant. I will enjoy my home and my doggy; I will continue to write and read; I will continue to check on my family members and friends.

I will continue to stay safe.

I will continue to stay healthy.

I will continue to stay at home.

It’s my right!


Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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