In NYC, we’re under some restrictions. 100% of non essential workers are not allowed to go to work. But, there are many essential workers.
You know the obvious ones, medical professionals, EMT’s, pharmacy workers, anyone who deals with food, truckers and delivery people, garbage haulers.
But what about the less obvious ones?
The staff in large apartment buildings are considered essential. Our handyman, doormen and porters are in attendance. We have come up with a volunteer list to take over these jobs if necessary at some point, but for now, our building is existing somewhat normally.
Some have commented on this blog if liquor stores should be considered essential. I understand why they are, but I can’t help but fear of the troubles this may cause down the line.
Construction workers are considered essential. On one of my short forays onto Facebook (I should delete the app because my only feelings after looking at it are fear and depression, but not about the virus, but about how stupid some people are in the face of a crisis) I noticed fellow New Yorkers commenting on whether or not construction was an essential occupation. I’m not talking road maintenance or things that obviously need to be fixed, such as fixing something that is broken. Should the high-rise down the street continue with construction? Pros and cons.
What about the grey area of construction? My particular apartment building has been undergoing renovations for about a year (necessary structural things) While the actual structural work has been completed, our planters in front of the building, which needed to be shored up, are not done. On Monday, work continued on fixing the planters. I pitched a fit to the treasurer of the co op board:
Me: Why is making sure we have trees in front of the building essential?
treasurer: they’re working outside. Don’t we want it done?
me: but they have to come into the building to use the bathroom. I thought we had a limited visitor rule in place
treasurer: the city says they’re essential, so they continue the work
me: that’s just stupid
treasurer: Fine. What’s for lunch?
me: get it yourself
So, should all construction workers be considered essential, or should be done on a case by case basis? Pros and cons.
Now how about jury duty?
I presently have a friend who is serving on Federal Grand Jury duty. Which in her case means she has to travel from Westchester, a suburb just north of NYC, to lower Manhattan. Every day. In and out of two hot spots.
While I get the right to a speedy trial…
What is the best way to handle jury duty and selection and trials and the law part, dun dun dun, of law and order?
Again- pros and cons.
Oddly, my friend just texted me a cartoon of a really hairy hand, with super long nails, and the caption- we may have to redefine essential… And it’s funny, because we all have things that we consider essential…but now I’m peaking into tomorrow…
So construction- jury system…
What do we think- pros and cons?
Or other things deemed essential that you consider questionable…
my husband’s friend has not been tested yet, but I don’t know if it’s due to lack of testing equipment or being an ostrich. My husband remains fever free and full of taste and smell.