The federal government is warning that essential workers and authority figures — public and private — are at the highest risk of being attacked by stay-at-home resisters as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
Counterterrorism analysts at the Department of Homeland Security notified law enforcement officials and government leaders of their findings Thursday, according to ABC News, which obtained the report.
“Some illicit actors probably will view any continued state-mandated orders as government overreach, and anticipated safety guidelines and policies—specifically the use of face masks—probably also will serve as a driving factor behind continued violent incidents related to the pandemic,” the analysts wrote.
Protesters have responded violently to the mandatory lockdowns that virtually all the states imposed — and now are beginning to lift.
Early in May, white supremacists posted a sheriff’s private information online because they were angry over the arrest of a Colorado man who had encouraged others to carry firearms at an anti-lockdown demonstration.
At the state level, Missouri has notified the customers and coworkers of a hair stylist who had symptoms of the infection. As many as 84 clients and seven employees at a Great Clips in Springfield may have been exposed from May 12 to May 20, according to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
Health Director Clay Goddard was confident his staff could contain the spread, particularly since everyone had been wearing masks.
“But I’m going to be honest with you, we can’t have many more of these. We can’t make this a regular habit or our capability as a community will be strained and we will have to reevaluate what things look like going forward.”
Gov. Mike Parson lifted many of the state’s stay-at-home order on May 4; the state has more than 11,500 diagnosed cases and nearly 700 deaths.
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