Resentment Builds When COVID-19 Reopening Rules Apply To Some Businesses, But Not Others

BERKELEY (KPIX) – When the COVID-19 shutdown began, we were “all in this together,” but as some businesses like Tesla are allowed to reopen in defiance of the shelter in place order, there is growing resentment among those that can’t.

Tesla’s ability to defy Alameda County’s health directive with no consequences sent a strong message to owners of businesses that are still shut down.

“To me, if I was a business owner and I was playing by the rules and somebody broke the rules and nothing happened to them, I think I would probably, maybe look at something different, too,” said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

The resentment can be seen at the corner of Telegraph and Ashby, in Berkeley.

“At the beginning we immediately closed our store, shut off our lights, put up messages to the community saying ‘we’re all in this together and we’ll be back,” said Marcy Simon, co-owner of Ashby Flowers.

But even now, the tiny shop is not allowed to bring flowers outside for curbside pickup by customers. It’s legal in the rest of Alameda County but Berkeley has its own health rules that say florists can only deliver. Meanwhile large Whole Foods Market right next to it–which also sells flowers—has a long line of people waiting to get inside.

Source: CBS