The phenomenon is not unique, why? Because movements like Michigan are hitting more and more places… (march against lockdown in North Carolina):
A group of about 11 mostly-armed demonstrators protesting the stay at home order marched around downtown Raleigh and ordered sandwiches at a Subway. #Covid_19 #ncpol #MealTeamSix pic.twitter.com/XA1BIU7JHH
— Travis Long (@vizjourno) May 9, 2020
… and then we didn’t even talk about the rest of the world.
The mass march against lockdown
The coalition protest against the states extended stay-at-home order first began due to the overwhelming restrictions and guidelines put in place by Michigan’s current Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. The coalition protest against the states extended stay-at-home order began due to citizens of the State of Michigan feeling pressured to give up their own Bill of Rights and constitutional rights from living in the US.
Although many individuals involved in the quarantines protests are willing to participate in standard safety and health precautions, the people rally against Michigan governor after they are ordered to shut down small business operations while staying home from work, resulting in a loss of necessary income for families across the country and production lines worldwide.
The mass march against lockdown is not about being unable to “get a haircut” or do other everyday tasks and activities. Instead, it is about the free people of the State of Michigan standing up for their own opinions and using their right to protest to show that they mean business when it comes to the US constitution and how it is enforced, or not enforced at all.
With millions of Michigan residents finding themselves without employment or a steady income during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is easy to better understand the frustration and worry they are experiencing. Without the ability to conduct business, go to work, and pay bills on time, the tensions may continue to rise in the Great Lakes.
The boycott Costco movement
In another new turn of events, the hashtag #boycottcostco began trending on Twitter after the corporation implemented a new requirement for all shoppers to wear face masks upon entering and shopping in any of the company’s nationwide locations. Individuals from around the country are taking issues with corporations and shops forcing their customers to wear masks, especially as restrictions and regulations are lifted and businesses begin to open back up.
The hashtag #boycottcostco began trending on Twitter as individuals feel as if corporations do not have the right to implement such rules, guidelines, and restrictions on their customers throughout the US. Protestors and participants using the hashtag online typically express that if individuals are already permitted to host guests in their own homes or on their property, companies should be doing the same as well.
If looking out of the box if we compare the boycott Costco movement is the digital manifestation of the march against lockdown.
However, companies have expressed their rebuttals, informing prospective customers that they are able to set the rules in their homes and determining whether guests are to wear masks and other PPE, or personal protective equipment. While some companies, firms, supermarkets, and shops have chosen to allow consumers into the store who are not wearing masks or any form of PPE, others have created strict rules and have been turning away prospective shoppers from their store for refusal to abide by the new rules in place.
The current face mask rule in COSTCO is that Costco shoppers will be required to wear face coverings in stores. While this may have caught Costo members off-guard when they first made this announcement, many other companies and brands shortly followed suit. Even if you are fine with the face mask rule in COSTCO, many Americans and consumers around the world are taking issue with this stance, calling on freedom-loving patriots to stand by them in their decision.
Although Costco shoppers will be required to wear face coverings in stores, they are not the only company doing so now throughout the US. Boycotts may cause a significant dip in sales and overall revenue for companies that choose to prolong quarantine restrictions and rules, but they may also help to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other members of the local community.
With such a confusing and difficult time, it is no wonder that individuals feel restricted and upset over new requirements and guidelines that are unprecedented in the history of the United States. As citizens and companies alike continue to learn more information about the novel coronavirus, they can only hope that their shopping and living experiences resume as normal as quickly as possible.