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I was laid off from my job on March 16th, 2020. State-wide shelter-in-place orders went into effect for many citizens March 24th. For Ohio though business began being affected on the evening of March 15th. Our Governor issued an order that halted dine-in/sit-in business for restaurants, bars & hotels statewide. This order was meant to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 amongst Ohio citizens which would result in hospitals statewide being over-whelmed with sick/infected patients. What this order also caused was a mass layoff of Food & Beverage service personnel from restaurant, bar & hotel owners state-wide. On March 16th many owners across the state panicked and without advance notice laid off entire departments due to the loss of business including my former employer Graduate Cincinnati of Graduate Hotel Group. The next day I joined nearly 2 million Americans across the US in applying for Unemployment relief. This loss of job security has been economically devastating and has only gotten bigger as more businesses were forced to close and lay off workers in their respective states since then.
Many people, myself included, understand the seriousness of the situation and what it means for healthcare workers if we don’t slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our respective communities. Despite that though this economic slump many of us have been forced into had been particularly hard to witness as decades-old classism and racism bubbles more clearly into view. It’s been difficult to see so many people rush to help their White friends who have been laid off while the cries of many Black & Brown people go un-heard. It’s been difficult to see State designed Unemployment systems strain, buckle & crash under the increased load, systems that weren’t designed well from the very beginning. It’s been difficult seeing many landlords not be empathetic to their renters knowing they have been laid off and have no income, savings or both and still demand rent while they go to their mortgage banks and ask for relief themselves.
The White House has asked that Shelter-in-Place orders remain in effect through the month of April. I pra - 15 hours ago