The Delaware State Senate Republican Caucus today announced the creation of a new website – MyShutdownStory.com. The site asks Delawareans to submit videos about their feelings on the coronavirus and the government’s reaction to it.
Videos recounting positivie or negative experiences are welcome, a release stated.
“The coronavirus has affected us all in many ways,” said the caucus’ post. “We know that people have strong emotions and opinions about the virus and the government’s reaction to it. And we know that many people out there feel as though their voice isn’t being heard.We’d like to change that. So today we’re launching MyShutdownStory.com. Our goal is to give everyone in Delaware a chance to tell their story — whether you’ve suffered a personal loss of a family member or a business, or whether perhaps you’ve seen great heroes in the community rising up to make a difference.”
Republicans in Kent and Sussex counties have been criticizing Gov. John Carney on his gradual plan to ease restrictions on business openings. They are also facing pressure from their constituents after making few negative comments during. the first 45 or days of the stay at home order.
Last week, three GOP legislators asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate the legality of the emergency order. Fifteen GOP legislators representing areas outside New Castle County sent a letter to Carney demanding a further loosening of restrictions.
The hotel industry has called for an end to restrictions that limit hotel rooms to essential and business travelers, while skincare and massage centers operators have demanded that their businesses be allowed to reopen.
For his part, Carney has criticized what he sees as a partisan stance by Republican legislators, especially those representing areas in Sussex County that are now dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.