What constitutes ”essential” and who decides?

Over the lockdown and different phases of prohibitory orders, we have been hearing ‘essential business’, ‘essential workers’, ‘shop only what’s essential’. As businesses, work and items become divided into the essential and non-essential, there’s little to no-agreement between what constitutes essential. While by definition, essential means ‘absolutely necessary’, are restaurants absolutely necessary. Some say ‘yes’ because they offer meals, but others say ‘no’, you can make your own meals at home. So, the primary question is who decides what is essential and what’s not? Continue reading…