Considering we are in a pandemic that hasn’t even peaked, yeah they’re in danger of infection. 1.5 million infections at the reproduction rate of 1:2, means as many as 3 million infected. In the USA we have about 450,000 cases. So we have near 900,000 cases countrywide of possible infected. Mostly in major cities and larger towns, where these stores and businesses are plentiful.
I know what the overall statistics are. I'm watching the news networks every day too. But I would judge it by the duties of the specific job. Just because someone is working in their usual job, any job during a pandemic is not enough to qualify in my opinion. There has to be an elevated risk of infection by performing those duties. Quite honestly, I think most of the 10 million who had to file for unemployment last week would be grateful to still be working at their job just earning what they were earning. You asked for opinions. That's mine. You may disagree.
Fact remains the same, during a pandemic their work seems then essential to the function of the job, despite the risks to their lives, their families lives and the increased financial burden. I feel that deserves a pay increase as compensation.
Someone working in a 3M factory making masks, spending his or her day operating a machine 20 feet away from every other employee is not the risking their life. The cashier at Walgreens who is dealing with 150 people a day might be. They're both essential workers but not sure why you don't see a difference between the two. But whatever. we agree to disagree.
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By "No", I meant it is fair and that "Essential Workers" should not get more.You should have been clear on your question.
Although I do agree with jakerson181 comment , there should be some sort of benefit if you are exposed to excessive amounts of people ( like myself , I see an average of 25 people a day ) At least us essential people still have a job to go to.