CORONAVIRUS: “I am not going to shut down the economy, period. I’m going to shut down the virus. That’s what I’m going to shut down…
I’ll say it again. No national shutdown. No national shutdown, because every region, every area, every community can be different. And so there’s no circumstance which I can see would require a total national shutdown. I think that would be counterproductive.
But there are constraints in which the degree to which businesses can be open. For example, it’s one thing to say that you can have, in a state where their infection rate is not as high, you can have a gymnasium open. It’s another thing to say it can only be open four hours a day with X number of people.
The church I go to, my Catholic church, they don’t allow more than 40% of the people to come into the church. Those are rational decisions. It’s not shutting down everything. It’s calibrating based on what the threat is.”
-Joe Biden, “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Deliver Remarks,” YouTube.com, Nov. 19, 2020