By Sebastian Casado, Copy Editor
Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order last month that set a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and closed all nonessential businesses to prevent people from going outside of their home unless it is an emergency amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Elijah Perez, an MCC student, said, “When the curfew was put into effect, in the beginning, I was opposed to it, only because I did not understand how it would work. I thought it would be removed as soon as possible because people wouldn’t comply, myself included. However, I was proven wrong. Because of the speed the coronavirus [is] spreading [at], we knew we had to spend as little time outside [as possible], so all we do is go out when we need groceries or pet food. Although sometimes it feels as if we do not have a curfew, because there have been a few times where I have gone out for last-minute buys and nothing has happened.”
Perez said, “I do think social distancing and self-quarantining is helping slow down the spread, and this curfew is also showing signs of the [COVID-19] curve slowing down. But, a lot of people are still not treating this as they should be.”
He said, “If it weren’t for this curfew there would be gatherings, millions of college parties and people just hanging out. I would probably be one of those college students out there infecting [myself] and others without this curfew.”
“I am absolutely taking part [in] social distancing and self-quarantining; I try to have as little contact as possible with anyone besides the people I live with. I find it insane that people still think everything is normal, those people are delusional. The only way to stop the [COVID-19] curve is to stay away from each other. It is not that hard, but who am I to tell them what to do. If they want to expose themselves and risk their family members’ health, then so be it,” said Perez.
Arjun Veettil, another MCC student, said, “The curfew is absolutely helping slow down the [COVID-19] curve. …[Many of my friends and I]are taking it very seriously because we all want to get through this. Although it is not enough because there are so many people who still treat this with low intensity and it is insane to think about.”
Veettil said, “[However], the time difference is just an incentive to show the real issue, which is to not leave your house at all for that matter. The safer we stay, the quicker we will see a change. Having a curfew is not fun, however, it is indeed necessary, without it people will definitely be out partying or attending shows and [doing] other social activities, which would only be prolonging the problem.”
He said, “I do practice social distancing because I myself have a small paranoia when it comes to germs, diseases and viruses, etc. I think that since I’m doing my part, I’ll be safe but the people not following the social distancing rules should wake [themselves] up with the consequences they [risk] facing.”