Speculation abounds about when or whether a vaccine will end the COVID-19 pandemic. If one or more of the vaccines being tested is successful, that could come within months. Meanwhile, much has been learned about controlling the spread of the disease and treatment of those who have severe symptoms.
Numbers are dropping in most parts of the United States, including Arizona. Much of that is due to wearing of masks, social distancing and other safety precautions.
Along with this, schools have been opening, some of them in-person. There now is a plan for starting fall sports next month in Arizona high schools.
Through all this, many people have been working pretty much as normal, although with masks and other safety measures. Others have been able to work remotely and remain isolated. However, a return to normal — or a new normal — is inevitable, even without a vaccine.
With a presidential campaign in the final stretch, the issue has been very political. And often on the front lines of the issue have been state governors, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. The governor has caught flak from both sides, but on the whole he has done a pretty good job, especially with the realization that there is no perfect answer to many questions.
Ducey has been sued by businesses that wanted to open sooner, and he has been sued because he has blocked eviction of people from their homes. The plaintiffs in these cases clearly have their points, but the overall public good is paramount.
More businesses are opening now, with Pinal County meeting state benchmarks last week. Meanwhile, Ducey’s eviction moratorium now is subordinate to a federal order that runs longer, until the end of the year.
Both state and federal moratoriums have conditions that specify needs of the tenants and their lack of alternatives. They are not allowed, legally at least, to just avoid rent payments if they have some means to make them.
No one expected that 2020 would turn out the way it has. But many leaders, including Ducey, have dealt with the situation as best they could.