Lower-income essential workers could have had that money in addition to their wages for hazard pay (companies would have been spared that expense). There could have been a phase-out for higher-income people who could work from home. In the grand scheme of things, it would have been relatively cheap.
There are solutions that would have addressed most people’s concerns, but the political will doesn’t exist for them in this country. Instead, people are offended by the idea that somebody might make money for nothing or briefly get paid more than their original wage.
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