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Americans Are Slowly But Surely Ending Lockdowns Over Officials’s Objections, Location Data Show

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Chris White on May 3, 2020

Americans are venturing out more to fast food restaurants, gas stations and public places even as health experts and government officials demand extending economic lockdowns, location data show.

People are back to visiting gas stations and fast food restaurants at pre-COVID-19 levels, according to location data collected by Foursquare, a local search-and-discovery app that helps users discover places near them to visit and eat. Foursquare noted the changes in how people are moving in a blog post Thursday showing that people are apparently feeling free to travel about.

Americans are changing their behavior even as governors and mayors across the country continue extending stay-at-home orders to prevent an uptick in coronavirus deaths.

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, for one, extended her state’s lockdown until May 28 and increased her executive powers as protesters stormed Michigan’s state capitol amid a flurry of demonstrations.

Michigan has seen more than 4,000 people die from coronavirus, or COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan, China before going global, killing more than 160,000 people worldwide.

Meanwhile, people are getting used to the new situation and even bucking some guidelines, location data show. Gas stations are down only 6% nationally as of April 24, compared to 8-11% weeks prior, Foursquare noted.

Such visits to fuel stations have returned to normal in the Midwest and in rural areas, which have seen slower spread and fewer COVID-19-related deaths than coastal cities.

The uptick in gas station visits could be a good sign for the oil industry given that much of oil consumption is routed through air and vehicle travel, which both bottomed out over the past several weeks, forcing crude prices into the cellar. The airline and oil industry have seen their sales drop substantially as a result.

Americans are still avoiding restaurants and bars. Casual visits to eateries cratered around March 28-31, Foursquare noted in the blog before adding that traffic to larger restaurant chains has picked up recently.

Traffic to such restaurants increased slightly since mid-April, down 70% nationally as of April 24, compared to being down 73% in the weeks before that date, location data show.

Many Americans are still worried ending lockdowns could result in catastrophe. An NBC News poll published in April found that Roughly 60% of voters say they are more concerned that nixing lockdowns would lead to more deaths than they are that the restrictions will hurt the U.S. economy.

Despite the polling, some U.S. states are gradually reopening their economies. GeorgiaTexas and Tennessee, for instance, are preparing to ease stay-at-home orders and bucking health officials who argue continued lockdowns must continue.

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    Nancy Jean May 3, 2020

    We need to get people back to work. We are
    seniors and know that we need to protect ourselves with masks and distancing but younger people need to get their lives back.

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    vicky Huss May 3, 2020

    I ‘MUST AGREE’-WITH THE FACT, THAT WE, THE PEOPLE-HAVE BEEN, ‘PATIENT & OBEDIENT-ENOUGH! MOST ‘EVERYONE’-HAS, ‘ADHERED’, TO OUR RESPECTIVE . ‘GOVERNORS’ PROCLAMATIONS. BUT-AMERICANS, ARE ‘ALSO VERY ‘STUBBORN’-IT IS IN OUR, ‘DNA’! WE ARE ‘VERY, UNCOMFORTABLE’-WHEN ‘THE POWERS THAT BE-‘ORDER US’ TO ‘DO OR NOT DO’-ANYTHING! THIS ‘PANDEMIC’-HAS, ‘SET US BACK ON OUR HEELS! WE ARE ‘FREE’-TO DO & SAY AS WE WISH-AS LONG AS OUR ‘SPEECH’ DOES NOT HARM OTHERS. BUT, ‘THIS HORRIBLE, ‘NIGHTMARE’-WE ARE EXPERIENCING’-IS SOMETHING WE HAVE NEVER HAD TO ‘DEAL WITH BEFORE! I, AM ‘TRULY HOPING’-THAT WITH THE WARMER WEATHER, THAT IS COMING-WILL HELP IN ‘DISSIPATING, THIS NIGHTMARE! ALL I AM ‘WISHING FOR’-IS THAT ‘WE DO NOT-JUMP THE GUN’-AS THEY SAY & GO BACK TO OUR PREVIOUS ‘FREE ROUTINES’! COZ, IF WE OPEN UP-TOO ‘EARLY’-IT IS JUST GONNA HIT US AGAIN! BE SAFE-BE AWARE & STAY PROTECTED!

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    Judy May 3, 2020

    I finally made it to the grocery store today (5/3) and couldn’t believe the number of people out and about not wearing face masks. I saw one young couple with 3 small children in tow not wearing any protective gear and a woman carrying a small baby with no mask. I tried to avoid the crowds in that store but it was very hard to do. I’ve gone without butter, eggs, bread, etc. for 2 months and thought it was time to travel out and get the items. It was a very uneasy feeling for me as I am elderly and have lived in fear that I will catch this horrible virus even staying at home. Today was a very nice, sunny, warm day in Ohio but cooler weather will be back again next week. Maybe that will keep the idiots who don’t care about anyone at home. This trend will probably help to get more people sick down the road. Thanks a lot you stupid, ignorant jerks!!

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    Anonymous May 3, 2020

    Covid19 is a test! How many will “obey”? How many will cave? We have a constitution, REMEMBER? If you get arrested, they will not win in court. There is no legal nor lawful basis for these edicts handed down by these King George’s dressed up like politicians!!!

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    Kevin D Frelander May 3, 2020

    The cure cannot be worse than the disease!!! We need to open up the economy, and get people back to work. Yes, there’s some risk, but there are always risks in everything we do. We’ve flattened the curve, but in the process, we’ve flattened the economy too.

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    ALLAN TALLANT May 4, 2020

    ANYONE POSTING REQUESTS FOR PEOPLETO SNITCH OR RAT ON ANYONE WHO DISOBAYS ANY GOVERNMENT ORDER CANNOT-OR DOES NOT-REMEBER HITLER/ GERMANY OR GEORGE SOROS AND THE HOLACOST! THIS IS AMERICA AND WE HAVE ROGHTS AFFORDED US BY OUR BILL OF RIGHTS AND OUR FIRST AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUITON !
    PLEASE STOP THESE ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN OUR FREEDOM! GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES IS BY, FOR, AND OF THE PEOPLE-NOT ORDERED BY GOVERNMENT!

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    allan TALLANT May 4, 2020

    BILL GATEES IS THE NEWEST LEADER OF THE SOCIALIST DEEP STATE ATTEMPT TO REVISE THE “NEW ORDER”
    TO TAKE OVER AMERCA

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    Naomi May 4, 2020

    Please stay home if you’re disabled,unemployed and over 60 ys.old.if you need to go out, wear a good competent mask and gloves to protect yourself, distance yourself from other careless people,avoid crowds. This soon will pass. This is a time for reflection….where are we with our relationship with God Almighty? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus as LIFE? Is He your Savior and Lord? You can find eternal life in JESUS. Do you have a Bible? Start reading the gospel of St. Matthew and the book of St. John in the New Testament. In Christ N.C.

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