(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ) - Coronavirus is causing many to draw a hard line in the sand about how far they are willing to go to protect one another from a virus that has no vaccine, can be contracted anywhere, and has killed over 11,144 NewJerseyians as of 1 PM, May 25, 2020.

While the Governor moves to open the state at a calculated pace: Some critics believe he is reopening too soon, while others are going to extreme lengths to tell the Governor he is not opening fast enough.

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Memorial Day weekend historically marks the beginning of summer in America. As per a recent Executive Order, the Governor reopened the beaches and said people up to 25 can gather for outdoor festivities.

Urban Mayors, however, have cautioned these actions and advised residents not to go to the beach.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green, and Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren have formed a coalition. Together they have put measures in place above and beyond what the Governor has been ordering. These extra actions are to double-down on keeping residents safe.

Although, the Mayors have faced criticism by inconvenienced residents and business owners. Their determined leadership has been to prevent the black and brown communities from leading New Jersey in deaths, as has been the case in other states in the nation.

Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned about a second wave of the coronavirus in the fall and winter being worse than the first. Nevertheless, people around the county have protested against the shelter in place orders, citing their freedom and the economic impact as a reason to reopen. In national news headlines, mobs of people have formed to protest the shutdown outside individual statehouses in the South and Midwest.

New Jersey is now experiencing similar protests too. People are trolling the Governor on the Jersey Shore by having planes fly banners across the skies with messages of negativity. There is also a movement to reopen businesses with an defiant Gym at the forefront of this cause. Republicans are also suing Governor Murphy over business closures.

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc all over the world. It has dominated news headlines, changed the way we live, mourn the dead, socialize, practice religion, shop, work, and more. Arguably, the most significant impact of COVID-19 is economical, and society appears to be split on the issue of reopening. 

While recognizing the major inconvenience COVID-19 has caused, and the negative economic impact it has had on many household budgets, Tapinto East Orange/Orange begs the question: Is it better to be alive to rebuild or to die trying to force our lives back to normal?

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