Regina King Understands Why Some Are Unable to ‘Stay Home’ Amid COVID-19

Regina King is “very careful” about telling people to “stay home” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a conversation for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, conducted prior to the worldwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality, the “Watchmen” actress spoke to Reese Witherspoon about how the coronavirus has impacted Hollywood and other industries.

“I have to be honest: I think this is the longest I haven’t worked since I had a baby,” Witherspoon said, referencing how the virus has shut down most film and television productions.

“I said the same thing the other day,” King replied. “I’m still waking up at four, five in the morning. I have to trust and believe that our community, along with the rest of the world, are going to find our way through this — and how we’re going to get back to it. It’s going to take a lot of trust.”

Though most states have issued stay-at-home orders to prevent spread, King understands that there are many people who simply cannot stay at home because they must provide a living for themselves and their families.

“Because at the end of the day, the reality is the reality. There’s not going to be a vaccine anytime soon,” King explained. “We have to understand that while we’re telling people, ‘Stay home, stay home,’ there are people out there who are not in financial situations that — to say that to them is almost insulting, coming from certain messengers.

“So I try to be very careful about saying that too much, because I do understand that some people don’t know where their next meal is going to be right now in this moment,” King continued.

“God bless the people who have to make decisions that affect people’s health and our economy,” Witherspoon chimed in.

Last Friday, Los Angeles County issued a revised health order allowing businesses such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, cardrooms, bars, wineries, breweries, and tasting rooms to reopen with strict health protocols.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports there are 88,262 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,171 reported deaths in the Southern California county.

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