I am an 82-year-old senior on old age pension. I am a grandmother and great-grandmother. We live in a modest apartment in an area of many retired persons like ourselves. This continued shutdown is having a detrimental affect on my husband and myself, who are medically comprised.

We leave our home only to obtain medicine and groceries. Every time we come back home we spray our shoes wash the clothes we wear and wipe down everything. This out of fear and anxiety. This shutdown is causing us stress, and I am having nightmares frequently.

Talking to many like us, they are experiencing similar feelings.

In viewing the news, we have noticed many countries and states opening back restaurants and other facilities. These countries have many more people affected by the virus, but have seen the stress and anxiety caused by the shutdown even more dangerous than the actual Covid-19.

Just recently on US news, it was reported that a pretty young doctor and a healthcare worker committed suicide.

I have many widow friends who receive social welfare, and many nieces and nephews who had jobs and are now at home and not receiving any salaries. These are all middle-income people. They are suffering greatly by the shutdown, and many are depressed.

Mr Terrence Deyalsingh, and the 22-person committee, do you really think it is smart to close down this island for another two weeks? You are all comfortable and have means, and do not even have a clue what is happening here. It is not only the very poor who are suffering, it is people of middle income also, and widows and widowers who are all stressed.

I have no problem with all the poor getting help. We have to help them, especially the ones who are desperate in the newspapers. The churches are doing a good job helping.

My whole message is open back our country! Let businesses that do day-to-day business, especially small businesses, see the light of day. Let our economy become active again. Do you all realise that 193 countries are affected? It has shut down the economies, religions and social life. This virus is not natural, it is evil.

Think outside the box. This shutdown is causing more problems than the virus itself. Open up our island before it is too late to fix our land. May God help us.

S Flood

via e-mail

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