Why social distance? People who stayed home askance at mass protests

On the beach (Miami) by Mike McBey is licensed under Flickr CC BY 2.0
Some are questioning the guidelines that were put in place during the pandemic after social distancing rules were broken during the mass protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

"I've always been pretty skeptical of the stay-at-home order," Rose Laoutaris, a student at American University, told the Washington Examiner. However, she still obeyed the order and only went out when she had to. After the protests, she stopped taking the social distancing guidelines as seriously since it seemed like others stopped social distancing.

"It has definitely affected my feelings on it," said Michael Avona, a salesman from Maryland. Before the demonstrations, Avona had strict guidelines at his work, didn't allow his children to go anywhere, and did not visit his parents in fear of getting them sick.

Social distancing guidelines have been in place since March around the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. Although some states are opening back up, most are encouraging masks and limiting how many people can be in a building at a time.