What I’m about to say will be taken by some as “permission” to dismiss the medical experts - which I will say up front, is not intended and nor does it require such an attitude even if my “thinking aloud” here proves accurate.
There is probably some name or phrase for this that escapes me at the moment … let’s call it “jurisdiction”. All of us have our areas where, due to our work / training we’ve got some jurisdiction allotted us (or we feel we do, at any rate). And we (rightly) feel the responsibility for “our area” and its smooth functioning and contribution toward our communities and nation. So if the subject of education comes up - or an issue surfaces that is directly connected with that project, my ears as a teacher may perk up and I join the conversation or otherwise try to contribute toward that area which I’m invested in (and which has invested in me). So on the question of whether schools should open their doors come August, we teachers have a definite and strong set of opinions (we may not all agree mind you - but the strong opinions will be had) … and a great many of them will be along the lines of … “well, if we can’t open our doors and get kids back into the classroom, this whole project suffers and our ‘jurisdiction’ takes a hit!”, meaning … we feel it personally. Meanwhile the health and medical experts, with a now more than threatened jurisdiction of their own respond: “no way! Your only prudent course of action simply cannot allow x, y, and z to happen before such and such criteria are met!” And their concerns will be conservatively tailored to try to restore their own domain back into some normalcy from their point of view! (which is not a trivial ‘point of view’, mind you, since it involves helping keep as many of us alive as possible.) The business owners, meanwhile have suffering jurisdictions of their own that are suffering, and all they see is that they’ve been taking the hits, and they understandably also want their own normalcy restored.
I’m not suggesting that all points of view are equal here - certainly when an outbreak erupts and people in your own household or neighborhood may be fighting for their lives, most other concerns will fall by the wayside. But they don’t go away … not forever, and never entirely. But it should help us realize why people react as they do and help us have some patience with each other. When traffic officials set a speed limit for a certain stretch of road, I can know in the back of my mind that they have set that as a conservatively optimal thing to keep the roadways functioning smoothly and safely on their watch. So if occasionally in my own judgment of some situation I decide to go a bit faster (or slower), yes - I may temporarily be in violation of the letter, but I don’t lose much sleep over that. If a doctor wants me to take all three pills each day, but I only want to take two … that’s probably a much more serious issue for me to think I can be questioning a doctor’s opinion about. But in the end the doctor, the fire marshal, the traffic officials … each has their own reasons for insisting as they do. And we dismiss them at our own peril - sometimes more immediate peril, and sometimes long delayed.