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Do You have Questions too?

May 20th, 2020 by Kenneth Abrahams

As the economy, nationwide and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, begins to reopen I have a lot of questions and I am sure that I am not alone. These are in no particular order.

  1. If there is no cure and no vaccine, how can colleges, universities, grade schools, high schools, middle schools, and daycare centers open in the Fall and be business as usual?
  2. In Boston, Mayor Walsh has said no large-scale events or large public gatherings through Labor Day, September 7th, 2020.  A stance that he has softened on a bit, yet the Boston Marathon is planned for September 14th.  How do you go from nothing to a huge event that welcomes people from all over the world?
  3. When this is over, how soon will you feel comfortable getting on a plane?
  4. Over the last 20 years, the cruise industry has been growing at an incredible pace building more ships with larger capacities. Will the Coronavirus do irreparable damage to that industry?
  5. Will the election in November be done at the polls, via mail, electronically or a combination?
  6. If restaurants are limited to outdoor seating and/or the number of people they can seat, how do they survive?
  7. Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation, a chain of buffet restaurants, announced the other day that they are closing all their stores. They said that after several months of trying to reimagine their restaurants with the current health concerns, they could not figure out a way to provide their customers the same experience and decided the only option was to close. What does this mean for the future of buffet style restaurants?
  8. This also makes me wonder about any buffet style meals. How do they do this at hotels that offer breakfast buffets, or Indian restaurants that are well known for their lunch buffets, or even weddings done buffet style? Is there any way in this new normal that these can be done safely?
  9. Talk to students, moms and dads, even teachers/professors and they will tell you that the virtual education provided by many was inconsistent at best. During the Summer will educational institutions use that time to retrain faculty to provide a better more consistent virtual learning experience?
  10. Will this fundamentally change the way that many of us work? Many companies are finding that they are still productive with some or all their staff working remotely.
  11. How much money can the government keep putting into the economy to keep it afloat?
  12. Some teachers, at all levels, have amazingly pivoting to virtual learning but some have not. Is this an indication that the tenure system is an antiquated system and should be done away with?
  13. How will this impact the auto industry? People may decide that they don’t really need a new car now since their current vehicle has sat idle for months now.
  14. Some people have gained weight while others have found new do it yourself fitness routines. How will this affect gym memberships?
  15. Resort areas that need tourists will look very different this year. If you can’t relax on a beach, will you still head to Shore destinations?
  16. How will the NCAA handle the Fall sports schedules?
  17. Will the NFL be playing to empty or near empty stadiums this year?
  18. Major league baseball has talked about finishing the season with teams playing games against an opponent that is geographically close. How will this work and how do people socially distance at a ball game?
  19. Do you believe that as things open, we will see a spike in cases?
  20. How comfortable are you leaving home at this point?
  21. As things open up what are you most looking forward to?
  22. Some colleges and universities are planning to use social spaces for academics, thus limiting the number of social events. Is it really a college experience without those memorable events?
  23. How many business and academic institutions, within the next 5 years, don’t survive, due, largely, to the impact of this virus?

As I stated at the beginning, I don’t have answers just questions. If you have any answers please share because I would love to hear what others are thinking. Any suggestions, solutions or opinions are welcome. Contact me at [email protected]. Be on the lookout for more blogs coming soon. If you want to read all of our other posts, about coping during this pandemic or other topics, here is the link: https://funent.com/blog.

About the Author

Like many of you, Ken Abrahams has been hanging out at home, working remotely, and making his dog crazy. Not a big fan of binge-watching TV or movies, he has had a lot of time to think and a lot of questions to ask. There are many more that he could have asked here, but you are all busy.

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